On Monday 10 May, FIFA held a digital assembly with a number of member associations and confederations to discuss employees’ welfare reforms and broader human rights in Qatar in connection to the nation’s internet hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
The digital occasion was organised in collaboration with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), FIFA’s native associate in Qatar. Member associations that had expressed an curiosity within the matter heard from the SC’s Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, in addition to shows from business experts from unbiased international organisations, human rights organisations and employees unions (Amnesty International, BWI, ILO, ITUC1) with direct data of the state of affairs on the bottom.
The assembly offered a possibility to make clear a quantity of info associated to the nation’s labour reforms programme, have a look at the essential progress achieved since Qatar was awarded the event in 2010 and discuss the challenges that also stay, whereas stressing the function that FIFA and soccer can proceed to play in selling a long-lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ within the discipline of employees’ welfare and human rights within the host nation.
“I very much welcome the constructive engagement with our member associations on this important topic,” mentioned FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “We all want to ensure the protection of everyone engaged in the delivery of the FIFA World Cup, and we are confident the event can serve as a catalyst for broader positive social change.”
“We know there is still work to be done, but we need to recognise the significant progress achieved in a very short time, thanks to the commitment of the highest authorities in the country, and to ensure that any debate on this complex matter should be based on verified facts,” he added. “It is important for our member associations to hear directly from independent international experts that the conditions on the FIFA World Cup construction sites have reached the highest global safety standards, and that the recent landmark legislative reforms have already benefitted tens of thousands of workers across Qatar.”
The exchanges with member associations targeted on the concrete steps in the direction of full implementation of the adjustments launched, and the enlargement of the measures put in place inside Qatar’s building websites to the service sector that can develop into extra concerned because the competitors approaches.
The international organisations, human rights organisations and employees unions which were instantly concerned in Qatar’s labour reform programmes since 2010 welcomed the nationwide reforms and the work particularly being performed by the SC and FIFA on the nation’s World Cup tasks. The similar organisations additionally outlined the necessity for strict implementation of the brand new and present laws and pointed to some extra reforms which might be anticipated later this yr.
The assembly adopted a collection of earlier exchanges with particular person member associations on the identical matter, and FIFA and the SC dedicated to proceed to have interaction with the worldwide soccer group to maintain its stakeholders repeatedly knowledgeable on preparations for the FIFA World Cup, and to deal with any considerations which will come up.