Qatar is a modern slave state. Its citizens are the richest in the world, but for 1.4 million migrant workers, terrible conditions without any rights or protections at work are a sad fact of everyday life. Many of these migrant workers are emplo …

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Qatar is a modern slave state. Its citizens are the richest in the world, but for 1.4 million migrant workers, terrible conditions without any rights or protections at work are a sad fact of everyday life.

Many of these migrant workers are employed to help Qatar prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – and that event has shone a light on Qatar’s ‘kafala’ system of slavery and become a catalyst for change.

People from around the globe passionate about workers’ rights and football have been signing up and taking a stand through our campaign demanding better from the Qatari government and FIFA. Click on the image below to join thousands of others, and together make clear: there can be no world cup without workers’ rights!

You may be asking yourself – what’s a Thunderclap? Well as many of us know, unions are all about coordinated, strategic action to help create positive change. So is Thunderclap. How does it work? Easy.

Thunderclap allows social media users – like you – to sign up to a specifically timed and coordinated online action using your twitter and/or Facebook account. Click here to be a part of it.

At the top of the page simply click Support via Twitter, Support via Facebook, or both, then get the word out to your friends and followers to do the same.

On June 11, when FIFA meets for their congress in Brazil – just prior to the 2014 World Cup – at the exact same moment our twitter and Facebook accounts will display the same action to support workers in Qatar, magnifying our impact and reaching thousands of our friends and followers!

Our Thunderclap already currently reaches nearly 180,000 people, but with millions of unionists and football fans around the world, we can reach even more with your help!

Click here and send FIFA a message they can’t miss: http://bit.ly/FIFAThunderclap

A storm is brewing over the treatment of workers by Qatar and FIFA. 1200 workers have already died since the World Cup was awarded in 2010, and up to 4000 could die before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup.

Together, let’s channel our outrage into a deafening sound – just like a clap of thunder – to save lives, restore the game’s integrity and the trust of fans by demanding a World Cup where workers’ rights are respected!

Thank you for your ongoing support – it makes all the difference to this campaign.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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