Rights group: Tie labor reforms to Qatar World Cup

A rights group is urging football’s governing body FIFA to push

Qatar for reforms on migrant labor policies ahead of the 2022 World

Cup, including ending practices that gives companies wide control

over workers.

Tuesday’s report by Human Rights Watch highlights rules that

allow companies to confiscate workers’ passports and restrict the

ability to file grievances or stage strikes. The group also is

highly critical of the recruitment fees workers pay to get

construction jobs in fast-growing Qatar.

Such practices are common across the Gulf, where South Asian

workers are the mainstay of the construction industry. But Qatar is

facing increased scrutiny because of its massive World Cup

projects.

On Monday, Qatar’s labor minister says a plan to create

”workers’ committees” is awaiting approval by the country’s

ruler.