Scores of Labour MPs have thrown their support behind the campaign to end the exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar. During this week’s Labour Party Conference, UCATT’s stall has featured a referee brandishing a red card and a list of the 11 key dem …

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Scores of Labour MPs have thrown their support behind the campaign to end the exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar.

During this week’s Labour Party Conference, UCATT’s stall has featured a referee brandishing a red card and a list of the 11 key demands issued by Building Workers International, which must be introduced to end the exploitation being experienced by the 1.4m migrant construction workers in Qatar.

Scores of Labour MPs, Labour Parliamentary candidates, former MPs and other key members of the labour movement, visited the stall and signed up to the campaign.

They included former Cabinet Ministers David Blunkett MP, Caroline Flint MP, Peter Hain MP, and Jack Straw MP. Other notable signees included Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford MP and former MEP Lord Michael Cashman.

Migrant workers in Qatar are forced to work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week in temperatures that regularly exceed 45 degrees. UCATT met workers being paid just 56 pence an hour. In recent years over a 1,000 construction workers from Nepal and India have died in Qatar, with most deaths being described as natural causes.

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy said: “The support of so many current and future MPs is putting more pressure on Qatar to end the appalling exploitation of migrant workers. FIFA can no longer ignore this human misery and must tell Qatar that if they do not end this exploitation they will be stripped of the World Cup in 2022.”


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