Netherlands - Union acts on behalf of migrant worker in Qatar - October 31, 2016

Trade union FNV has initiated legal action against world soccer organisation FIFA in Swiss courts over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The union arguments that the football body should have demanded abolition of kafala migrant labour system ahead of 2022 World Cup. Since Fifa voted in December 2010 to hold the World Cup in Qatar, the country has faced intense criticism over the plight of an army of migrant workers that soared to 1.7 million as the country embarked on a construction spree to build the stadiums and infrastructure required. But the legal challenge, brought by the FNV on behalf of a Bangladeshi migrant worker, is the first time that Fifa has been made directly accountable before the court. If the action is successful it could open the door for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to make similar claims that could run into tens of millions of euro.

English: http://www.volkskrant.nl/sport/fifa-charged-with-complicity ...  

http://www.volkskrant.nl/sport/inside-the-hell-of-qatar ...  

Letter to the court: https://www.fnv.nl/site/over-de-fnv/fnv-internationaal ...  

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