Monday 1 May 2023

Qatar legacy must not forget workers killed and their families

Congress was warned that although the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is over, the impact continues on the families of those who died in the construction of the stadiums or those who were injured.

Aberdeen Trade Union Council’s motion called for a high profile campaign to keep up the pressure on the Qatari government to pay compensation to these workers and their families.

Moving the motion, ATUC delegate, Scott Sutherland told Congress that the motion seeks to consolidate the Qatar resolution adopted at last year's STUC Conference in Aberdeen.

“The football World Cup is over, but its legacy remains.” He warned that FIFA and the Qatari Authorities want us to remember a major sporting event to be proud of.

“However,we remember their legacy for different reasons. Are they proud of an atrocious human rights record? Homophobia? Transphobia? Sexism? Lack of Democracy?

“To all these questions and more, we still have no answers.

“In addition, we will never forget in excess of 6500 building workers, unnecessarily killed during the construction of the football stadia.

“Innocent workers, forced to work in extreme heat with negligent health and safety provisions by the employers and forced to live in dangerous, sub standard accommodation.

“Our legacy must be to organise and support the destitute families of all the workers killed. We cannot forget them.”

He called on the STUC General Council to raise the profile of the matter and apply relevant pressure on those concerned.

“Instead of boasting about a billionaire football tournament, FIFA and the Qatari Authorities must work with all parties concerned, including the trade union movement to identify all the families involved and assess and compensate all the families involved, in order to provide financial assistance and ensure there is no repetition of the disastrous Qatari event, bearing in mind that Saudi Arabi is now being touted for a future football World Cup venue.”