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

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

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 […]

December 18, 2015

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

Qatar Airways Cup: global union spotlights aviation workers’ plight

The International Transport Workers’ Federation – a global union body representing millions of transport workers worldwide – is joining the Scottish Football Supporters Association and PlayFairQatar in calling on Scotland fans to support migrant workers who are building Qatar’s 2022 World Cup in advance of Scotland’s friendly with the Gulf state on June 5th. The […]

June 4, 2015

Qatar Airways plans to become FIFA sponsor despite scandal (

 Qatar Airways plans to become a World Cup sponsor for FIFA even though it is concerned about the bribery investigation into world soccer’s governing body, the airline said on Tuesday. “With the World Cup coming to Qatar, we have had advanced internal discussions regarding this, but we are not in advanced discussions with FIFA,” said […]

June 3, 2015

Send them a message to FIFA

Dear Sisters and Brothers, FIFA is in crisis. Nine officials have been arrested and charged with corruption. The Zurich headquarters has been raided, with documents seized in connection with the Qatar World Cup. Despite all this, all indications are that the FIFA World Congress will vote today for more of the same — to re-elect […]

May 29, 2015

The Hypocrisy World Cup? FIFA sponsors must tell Qatar to play fair on workers’ human rights

62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, a tournament likely to be sponsored by FIFA partner companies Coke, VISA, McDonald’s, Adidas, Kia and Hyundai. Without sponsorship, this multi-billion dollar tournament couldn’t take place. Most sponsors commit themselves to respecting the UN Declaration of Human Rights – which […]

May 26, 2015