Qatar World Cup: officials ‘dismayed’ by unpaid workers’ claims

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Organisers of 2022 in Qatar say they are “dismayed” by claims that migrant workers who fitted offices are waiting to be paid.

Workers from Nepal, Sri Lanka and India say they are owed 13 months’ wages after contractor collapsed.

Some workers had been left stranded in country, working for as little as $0.85 a day (50p), Guardian said.

In May, Qatar vowed to improve the rights of migrants in the Gulf amid growing alarm at treatment.

But an investigation by the British newspaper found migrants who had worked the Qatar 2022 offices in the Al Bidda skyscraper in Doha were waiting for .

The Gulf is in the middle of a massive infrastructure boost ahead of the 2022 tournament The project, which The Guardian says was commissioned by the Qatari , was carried out by migrants working for the contractor Lee Trading.


It cost $4.25m (£2.5m) and the offices were fitted expensive etched glass and handmade Italian furniture.

But Lee Trading’ collapse led to raising the case Qatar’ prime minister last November after many of the workers were left stranded.

The situation has remained the same and five of the workers have since been arrested and imprisoned after being left without ID papers.

In a statement released , Qatar 2022 said it was “heavily dismayed to learn of the behaviour of Lee Trading regard to the timely payment of its workers.”

said they relayed the concerns raised by Amnesty to the “relevant authorities” last year and insisted they would “continue to press for a speedy and conclusion to all cases.”

Qatar moved to change controversial laws foreign workers in May that tied migrant workers to a single employer.

Human rights campaigners had accused that sponsorship system of being akin to modern-day slavery.

The Gulf has seen an influx of foreign workers ahead of the tournament and expatriates now make up the bulk of the workforce in the country. (BBC)