In a newly released report, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is once again pressing Qatar to abolish its restrictive sponsorship system and improve living and working conditions for the hundreds of thousands of low-income expats employed here.

The report, called “The Case Against Qatar,” comes days before the FIFA Executive Committee meets to discuss labor issues in the Gulf country, which is hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Included in the document are interviews with several employees here who outline labor violations such as a lack of safety on construction sites, unsanitary living conditions and the withholding of passports and wages.

Such abuses have also been witnessed and documented in the past by several international advocacy groups, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the United Nations.

The report also criticizes the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy over the alleged abuse of 38 workers which ITUC said are working on the Al Wakrah Stadium, the first World Cup venue to be built in Qatar. The committee, however, denies that these are their employees.

According to ITUC, the workers, who hail from India, Nepal and Thailand, sleep in rooms under the bleachers of the current Al Wakrah stadium. They do not have access to their passports and make some QR800 ($220)/month…. see more