Qatar 2022 to Respect Labour Law, Says Thawadi

Organisers of the 2022 World Cup insist Qatar will follow international labour law on all construction projects needed for the football showpiece.
Hassan Al-Thawadi served first as bid CEO and now as secretary general of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. (WFI)
“Major sporting events shed a spotlight on conditions in countries. There are labour issues here in the country, but Qatar is committed to reform. We will require that contractors impose a clause to ensure that international labor standards are met,” Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee secretary general Hassan Al-Thawadi was quoted by Reuters.
“Sport, and football in particular, is a very powerful force. Certainly we can use it for the benefit of the region.”
Labour rights are a problem throughout the Gulf, where South Asian immigrants will give up their passports to local “sponsors” in exchange for employment contracts. A recent International Trade Union Confederation survey of migrant workers in Qatar and United Arab Emirates indicates conditions are often “inhuman”.
Qatar is busy delivering nine new stadia in 10 years for the FIFA finals as well as a spate of transport and infrastructure improvements.
A management contract to oversee these projects – and ensure proper conditions on the many construction sites – will be awarded in the coming weeks.
Al-Thawadi was speaking in Doha as part of a lecture series for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding with tournament organisers on Tuesday that provides for resource sharing and knowledge exchange ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter Talks with Top Clubs, Platini Presidency

Talks are underway to perhaps pay clubs a larger chunk of World Cup revenue following a Wednesday meeting labelled “productive” by world football’s governing body.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is not a popular figure among European Club Association members. (Getty Images)
President Sepp Blatter led a FIFA delegation that also included Ex-Co member Theo Zwanziger, deputy secretary general Markus Kattner and legal affairs director Marco Villiger.
Representing the European Club Association in Zurich were chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, first vice-chairman Umberto Gandini, second vice-chairman Sandro Rosell and general secretary Michele Centenaro.
Rummenigge and his 200-member ECA are at odds with Blatter over his scandal-plagued leadership
of world football as well as his reluctance to bargain with Europe’s top clubs. 
FIFA has so far agreed to pay out $70 million to clubs as compensation for releasing their players to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Also discussed Wednesday were injury insurance for international players and FIFA anti-corruption reforms.
Blatter, meanwhile, is already looking ahead to the presidency of his widely tipped successor Michel Platini of France, the current UEFA president.
“He says ‘I don’t know yet…’ but deep inside, he wants it,” the 75-year-old Swiss told France Football magazine.
“Of course he will be a good president. He will not be the same president that I am, because everyone is different but he will be a good president.”

By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson 

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