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Qatar: Trade Union to sue FIFA over labour reforms

FNV trade union is calling on FIFA to “encourage” labour reforms for workers engaged on World Cup-related projects in Qatar

A Netherlands trade union is set to sue FIFA over the lack of labour reforms in Qatar.(Image representational only)
A Netherlands trade union is set to sue FIFA over the lack of labour reforms in Qatar.(Image representational only)

A Netherlands trade union is set to sue FIFA over the lack of labour reforms in Qatar.

FNV, the largest trade union in the Netherlands, has stated that it may sue FIFA for what it views as a failure to demand that Qatar implement changes to its labour law.

The trade union issued a legal letter to FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino on 10 October, warning him of the impending action, Doha News reported.

The intention is to file the lawsuit in a Swiss court on behalf of a Bangladeshi man, who worked in Qatar.

FNV says that when Qatar was awarded hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup, Zurich-based FIFA should have insisted that the Gulf country meets “minimum human rights and labour standards” for workers.

It cited that FIFA “acted wrongfully” in choosing Qatar without demanding labour reforms and that it “violated the personality rights” of the trade union.

The 123-page legal writ of summons asks for SFr10,000 (QAR37,000) in compensation and damages for 31-year-old Nadim Shariful Alam, who worked as an unskilled labourer in Qatar and is now a member of the FNV trade union.

Alam was dismissed prior to the conclusion of his contract and is in debt in his home country owing to recruitment fees.

Representing 1.1 million workers in the Netherlands and overseas, FNV is now calling on FIFA to pay Alam the compensation and to “encourage” labour reforms for the workers engaged on World Cup-related projects in Qatar.

The reforms include asking authorities not to apply its sponsorship requirements to the World Cup workers, but rather allow the workers to change jobs and leave Qatar at will.

 

 

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