Qatar World Cup: FIFA Announcement on Monitoring of “Decent Working Conditions” (

The announcement by President of FIFA that it will establish an oversight body to monitor working conditions on World Cup stadium sites in Qatar shows that FIFA is beginning to take responsibility for those whose work is essential to the holding of the 2022 event. The announcement on FIFA’s website says “…The hosting of the […]

April 25, 2016

International Migrants’ Day and Qatar Airways cabin crew

Today, International Migrants’ Day, and the ITF is publishing on social media a series of pictures with Qatar Airways cabin crew from different global destinations: Please re-tweet and post to Facebook to help us get fantastic coverage! And if you’d like to know more about the treatment of workers in Qatar, the ITUC have […]

December 18, 2015

New ITUC Report “Qatar: Profit and Loss” Workers Paying with Lives as Companies Extract Billions in Profit (

A new report from the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that $15 billion profit will be made by companies working in Qatar on infrastructure for the controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup using up to 1.8 million migrant workers who are modern day slaves. The report released on International Migrants Day is critical of Qatar for […]

Qatar’s labour law “reforms” a sham (

Labour law changes announced by the Government of Qatar for 2017 add a new layer of repression for migrant workers and leave the kafala modern slavery system intact. Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said, “Promises of reform have been used as a smokescreen to draw in companies and governments to do business in Qatar as […]

October 28, 2015

First victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is celebrating the first victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways (QR) after the airline admitted that it has removed its contractual pregnancy and marriage prohibitions. These demanded that anyone becoming pregnant had to notify management, at which point she would be likely to lose her job, and forbade […]

August 28, 2015

Barcelona Football Club: ITUC Appeals to Voting Members and Fans to Reject Qatar Airways Deal (

The ITUC has called on FC Barcelona “socis” (voting members) and fans to end the club’s Qatar Airways sponsorship, saying that the airline is the very worst sponsor for a club with a 100-year tradition of democracy and universality. The appeal comes as an election contest for the club’s Presidency hinges on candidates’ opposition to […]

July 3, 2015

Avianca-Colombia: IFC should follow ombudsman’s recommendations for labour standards compliance, say unions (

The ITUC and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) call on the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private-sector lending arm, to implement the recommendations issued today by IFC’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) to improve compliance procedures for IFC Performance Standard 2 on labour and working conditions. The CAO report, which came in response […]

May 20, 2015

“Mr X” comes second!

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary ITUC said while there are many CEO’s which have bad track records, nine stood out in 2014 as deserving of inclusion in the first poll of World’s Worst Bosses by the global union. “Corporate power is out of control, it is cowering governments with threats of capital flight. The greed of […]

May 22, 2014