FIFA welcomes improvements in workers' rights in Qatar

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  A FIFA logo seen near the headquarter Home of FIFA ahead of tomorrow's Extraordinary FIFA Congress to elect a new FIFA President at Hallenstadion on February 25, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
FIFA welcomes improvements in workers' rights in Qatar


FIFA welcomed the International Trade Union Confederation's (ITUC) comments on workers' rights in Qatar as further recognition of the progress made in recent years with FIFA's collaboration.

The ITUC said Qatar has made incredible progress in improving the treatment of foreign workers and that since 2016 there has been a reversal of the previous situation with reform laws, improved wages and living conditions.

She also said she was assured that labor inspections would be stepped up during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, including additional health and safety checks to protect workers from exploitation.

In a meeting with Gilbert Houngbo, current director general of the International Labor Organization ILO and former prime minister of Togo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino highlighted efforts to keep workers safe.

"We have made significant progress in recent years through our collaboration together on workers' conditions in Qatar and I look forward to more formalized cooperation between our institutions globally."

FIFA's current leadership has been working to ensure real and substantial progress on labor reforms since the election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president in 2016.

In one of his first trips to the Gulf state, President Infantino made it abundantly clear to the Qatari authorities that it was critical to ensure that the country complied with international standards on labor treatment.

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