Minister: Qatar to allow 'workers' committees'

Minister: Qatar to allow 'workers' committees'

Published Jun. 11, 2012 6:10 p.m. ET

A Qatar minister says the Gulf nation's cabinet has approved the formation of ''workers' committees'' ahead of the 2022 football World Cup.

Labor Minister Nasser bin Abdullah Hamidi says the draft law must still be approved by the country's ruler Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

He spoke to The Associated Press after meeting Monday with international labor activists in Geneva.

The International Trade Union Confederation's general secretary, Sharran Burrow, says the committees fall short of full union rights.


ITUC says about one million foreign workers in Qatar are exploited and have few rights.

Hundreds of thousands more workers are expected to be brought in to build the venues for the tournament in ten years' time.