Another worker dies at Qatar football World Cup stadium

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Qatar World Cup: the migrant workers forced to work for no pay | Guardian Investigations

25 September 2013

Qatar, one of the richest countries on the planet, will be hosting the World Cup in 2022. But much of the Gulf state’s expansion is being built by some of the poorest migrant workers in the world.

In the worst cases, employees are not being paid and work in conditions of forced labour. Each month dozens of young Nepalese migrant workers are returning home in coffins.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Worker killed in construction of World Cup stadium in Qatar

Today, 14:07

During the construction of the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar a worker has died. What exactly happened is unclear. According to the organizing committee, which is responsible for the construction of the World Cup stadiums, it is a work-related accident.

The organizing committee has launched an investigation to determine how the accident could have happened. What nationality or gender the victim is has not been made known. …

Multiple sources have reported in recent years that workers have already died before. But Qatar has always said that there are little or no deaths which are directly related to the work.


The country relies heavily on migrant labor to finish the stadiums and infrastructure in time for the World Cup, which will be played in the winter of 2022. In total, there are many thousands of construction workers flown in from eg Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

The workers work in appalling conditions, say human rights organizations. As Amnesty International wrote earlier this year the workers are exploited on a large scale. The British newspaper The Guardian predicted in 2013 that thousands of workers would die.

This month a worker from Bangladesh and the Dutch trade union federation FNV sued FIFA. FIFA from them gets three weeks to enforce improvement of working conditions in the country.

REPORT: QATAR SABOTAGED RIVAL WORLD CUP BIDS FIFA has been urged to launch an “independent investigation” into claims that Qatar ran a secret campaign in 2010 to sabotage competing bids to host the 2022 World Cup. [BBC]

6 thoughts on “Another worker dies at Qatar football World Cup stadium

  1. A Qatar World Cup stadium worker has died in a building site accident, the first work-related fatality to be acknowledged by organisers of the 2022 soccer tournament that has been dogged by concerns about labour conditions in the Gulf nation. Qatar has previously reported three deaths at stadium construction sites but said they were not ‘work-related’.

    The tiny, gas-rich country is relying on its large workforce of Asian labourers to build stadiums and related infrastructure to cope with staging soccer’s biggest tournament in the Middle East for the first time. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is tasked with building World Cup sites, did not name the worker who died last Saturday morning at Al Wakrah Stadium or provide his nationality.

    ‘It is with deep regret we announce a work-related fatality on one of our projects,’ the committee said on its website. Qatari officials believe the worker was hit by a water truck. A full investigation is underway to determine the factors which contributed to the death of one of our workers,’ the Supreme Committee said. The relevant authorities were immediately informed and the family of the deceased have been notified. We offer them all the necessary support they may need at such a difficult time.’

    Al Wakrah Stadium, which is 15 kilometres south of the capital Doha, is intended to resemble the sails on a traditional Qatari dhow boat and was designed by Zaha Hadid before the architect’s death in March. The 40,000-capacity venue is due to be completed by 2018 and host games up to the quarterfinals at the 2022 World Cup.

    The emirate is expected to spend tens of billions of dollars before the November-December 2022 tournament kicks off, preparing eight new and renovated stadiums and related projects such as transport links and accommodation.


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