By Onochie Anibeze
Twenty four hours after Hassan al Thawadi, the Secretary General of Qatar 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee said, in a world press conference in Doha, that the safety measures on construction sites and the welfare of the workers were of great importance to them his committee met with Amnesty International yesterday to discuss the conditions of workers working on projects leading to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
The body had raised some issues over welfare of workers.
Al Thawadi had said that monitoring their contractors to ensure international best practices was one of the mechanisms Qatar was adopting to achieve success in their march to 2022. The committee held useful discussions with Amnesty International in Doha.
A productive discussion took place covering a range of topics, including the progress of the Q22 Workers’ Welfare Standards and the formation of the Q22 Worker Welfare Committee. It was agreed at the conclusion of the meeting that a constructive dialogue between the two organizations would continue in the years leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
Q22 has been meeting with relevant stakeholders and developing a plan for addressing worker welfare since winning the bid in 2010. In 2013, Q22 released its Workers’ Charter and, at the end of this year, it will release its Workers’ Welfare Standards—aligned with Qatari law and international best practice—which set clear guidelines from recruitment to repatriation.
Compliance with the law and Q22’s standards will be a contractual obligation for companies working on Q22 projects and will be transparently and robustly monitored through a three-tier compliance and auditing structure.
The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee values the contribution of the Amnesty International report and was pleased to see that it acknowledges:
The positive steps Q22 is taking to ensure contractors uphold human rights standards Q22’s commitment to transparency with regard to the development and implementation of its Workers Welfare Standards.
The responsibility for the welfare of workers is shared by all parties involved in the chain of contracting including the government of Qatar, the governments of sending countries, recruitment agencies and the companies that utilize them.
Qatar will build six new stadia for the 2022 World Cup and upgrade some to ensure that they have up to more than ten stadia for Fifa’s approval before the 2022 event.
There will, therefore, be massive constructions in many areas of Qatar especially from next year.
On Saturday, they unveiled the design for Al Wakrah Stadium that will sit 40,000 fans. The stadium design has the shape of a boat to reflect the heritage of the people of the region who are largely fishermen. Al Wakrah is 15 kilometers South of Doha.