GMB offers to help with Qatar labour inspections

UK trade union says it is ready to participate in any inspections

Work sites in Qatar are to come under scrutinty
Work sites in Qatar are to come under scrutinty

The UK trade union GMB has offered to be part of the International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) inspection of working conditions in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

GMB is to ask Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Drake and Scull for a meeting in Doha to discuss guarantees of decent and safe work for both their directly employed staff and those working for their sub-contractors.

Bert Schulenburg, GMB international officer, said: “GMB welcomes the ITUC proposal to put together a team of experienced inspectors for workplaces and labour camps in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

“GMB is ready to participate in any inspections that may take place.”

GMB said it had noted the comments made by British Prime Minister Cameron about the construction of the Olympic facilities in Stratford where nobody was killed or injured and that it agrees that everyone has a duty to insist on the best safety standards.

“Mr Cameron says that the British construction industry can be held up as a good example to the rest of the world so we would expect that major UK companies operating in Qatar maintain the same standards there as they do at home,” added Schulenburg.

“I shall shortly be writing to UK construction companies, including Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Drake and Scull, asking for a meeting in Doha to discuss how they are going to guarantee decent and safe work for both their directly employed staff and those working for their sub-contractors.

“This would include a safe working environment, a living wage, good quality accommodation and the right to form and join independent trade unions for the purposes of collective bargaining.”

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