Qatar faces renewed pressure over working conditions on construction sites
- New campaign asks world cup sponsors to pressure Qatar
- Qatari treatment of workers described as slavery
A new campaign led by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has asked sponsors of the Fifa World Cup to speak out against the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
The ITUC has written to major sponsors including Adidas, Russias Gazprom, Hyundai, Kia, McDonalds, Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Visa to put pressures on the organisers because of poor working conditions.
The international trade union released a statement claiming that Qatars treatment of workers is simply slavery.
Letters have been sent to eight big sponsors urging them to use their position to put pressure on Fifa.
British newspaper The Guardian had reported in 2013 about bad labour practices on Qatar building sites amid the mounting controversy about Fifas decision to appoint Qatar to organise the 2022 World Cup Finals.
Qatar has promised to reform the treatment of migrant workers on Qatari building sites. The government commissioned an investigation by the international law firm DLA Piper and promised to implement recommendations listed in a report published in May 2014.
Human rights organisations, however, still accuse Qatar of dragging its feet on the reforms, saying not enough is being done to investigate the effect of working long hours in temperatures that regularly exceed 50C.
- December 2010: Qatar wins the rights to host 2022 World Cup tournament
- January 2011: It sets up a steering committee to manage plans
- April 2011: World Cup preparations dominate Qatars five-year plan
- May 2011: Bribery allegations surface
- May 2011: Fifa says if allegations proven, the 2022 vote could re-run
- May 2011: Qatar denies corruption allegations
- May 2011: Qatars Mohamed bin Hammam withdraws from Fifa presidental race amid bribery allegations. He is later suspended from the executive committee.
- February 2012: Qatar says the tournament will drive its economic development
- February 2012: CH2M appointed as programme manager for World Cup stadium projects
- April 2012: Five packages tendered for Doha metro
- April 2012: First prequalification for stadiums
- July 2013: Fifa official brands Qatar World Cup blatant mistake
- September 2013: Fifa stands firm on Qatar World Cup
- November 2013: Migrant workers suffer abuse in Qatar construction sector
- December 2013: Amnesty issues report citing worker abuse
- January 2014: High death toll reported for Nepalese workers
- February 2014: Qatar issues standards governing labourer working conditions
- May 2014: Rules governing migrant workers overhauled
- February 2015: Qatar to introduce labour law reforms
- March 2015: Fifa confirms winter Qatar World Cup
- April 2015: European lawmakers urge Fifa to hold Qatar re-vote