In light of the horrible working conditions in the country of Qatar, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has asked FIFA to select a different site for the 2022 World Cup.
Here’s the statement from ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow:
FIFA has the power to make workers’ rights a condition of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup.
There is still time to re-run the vote to choose a venue which respect workers.
Workers from countries including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and increasingly Africa are used as forced labor, denied the right to join a union, live in squalid living conditions and often are not paid the wages they are promised.
Scores of healthy young men are dying. This web of deadly practices draws in international companies, the Government of Qatar and FIFA.
The settlement of this global dispute is dependent on actions by FIFA and the political will of the Qatari authorities, which are still absent (Reuters).
Those looking to learn more about the ghastly situation should read The Guardian article linked above. Hopefully the officials in FIFA come to their senses and do the right thing.