New labour laws a historic breakthrough for migrant workers in Qatar

New laws announced and adopted by the Government of Qatar represent a historic leap in the protection of migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf State. These new laws together with the removal of the exit permit system earlier this year effectively eliminates the kafala system of modern slavery. The latest labour reforms which include the […]

September 4, 2020

Key workers can only protect us if we protect them

Global trade union leaders Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), write about the importance of protecting supply chain workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, we have seen images on news reports across the […]

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Urgent Economic Stimulus and Workplace Measures Required

The ITF and global union federations have today urged governments and employers to urgently act to protect workers, and the global economy and society that depends upon them. The Council of Global Unions (CGU) today adopted a statement calling for urgent economic stimulus and for dialogue between unions, employers and governments to work collectively to […]

March 12, 2020

ITF applauds ‘historic breakthrough’ on Qatar kafala

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has backed what it describes as “a historic breakthrough” on eliminating Qatar’s kafala system, which has allowed the exploitation of migrant workers in the Gulf state. Following years of international campaigning against kafala – a form of indentured labour that in practice has equated to often slavelike treatment of […]

October 30, 2017

Breakthrough to end kafala after new commitments from Qatar on workers’ rights (

The International Trade Union Confederation welcomes the breakthrough from the Government of Qatar to end the kafala system of modern slavery, and plans further meetings with Qatar’s Labour Minister on implementing labour rights for two million migrant workers in the Gulf State. “The new guidance from Qatar signals the start of real reforms in Qatar […]

October 26, 2017

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

The Case Against Qatar (

Images of football stadium workers sleeping ten to a room in squalid rooms and their dangerous cooking facilities provoked a furious response from authorities in Qatar after they were published in an ITUC report, The Case Against Qatar. Refusing to take responsibility for the 1.4million workers in Qatar and abandoning people are hallmarks of a […]

March 18, 2014