Issue date
10 Nov 2015

TUC welcomes official labour rights investigation into Qatar

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has voted today (Tuesday) to send a high-level mission to investigate conditions for workers in Qatar. The vote came despite Qatari resistance to an independent investigation.

Labour rights in Qatar have come under particular scrutiny since they were announced as the 2022 World Cup hosts.

Commenting after the vote, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The ILO has blown the whistle on Qatar’s time wasting. Qatar’s government policy of flatly denying the abuse of workers won’t cut it anymore: now there will be an independent investigation.

“Workers in Qatar need this investigation soon, while the pressure ahead of the 2022 World Cup is still on.

“The British government and the CBI have backed the TUC in voting for this investigation today. We must continue to work together to ensure that Qatar delivers the rights its workers deserve and show it is fit to host a showcase for world football.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The International Labour Organisation has voted to send a high-level tripartite mission (a government representative, an employer and a worker) to Qatar to investigate conditions for workers and progress made towards improving them.
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
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