Report Shows Migrant Workers in Qatar Still Being Exploited

Hundreds and thousands of workers from India, the Philippines, and Nepal who has been assigned the task of building the framework of a stadium for 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Future City in Qatar are facing severe oppression and unfair treatment in the hands of an engineering company. The report was found after a thorough investigation by Amnesty International.
The report revealed that the engineering company, Mercury MENA, hasn’t been able to pay the workers for months and leaving almost 80 workers from India, Nepal, and the Philippines almost marooned and broke in Qatar. The workers didn’t receive many months salary as well as the work benefits.
Amnesty International is seeking the help of the Qatari government in order to assure that the former employees get their due money from Mercury MENA. The company has been making use of the infamous kafala structure that is being used to exploit the migrant workers. The kafala structure is Qatar’s sponsorship system that binds employees to a single employer.
The Qatari government was lauded after it announced a program of labor reforms. However, even after an accord was signed, many employees of Mercury MENA were grounded without pay and lived in filthy accommodation and speculated if they could return back to their homes
Amnesty International questioned around 78 former Mercury MENA employees, all of them owed a generous amount of money from the company. For instance, 34 workers from Nepal owed on average £1500 by Mercury MENA. A worker from the Philippines who worked for a £34 billion project owed four months’ wages.
Even if some workers were allowed to leave and work for other company, they would need to abandon their claims of unpaid wages.
Qatar government pledges to work with the International Labour Organization in order to reform the kafala and some aspects of the labor laws for the migrant workers. Even after the Qatar government abolished the power of the employers to allow or keep back the exit permits; however, Amnesty international pointed that still, some exploitable problem is present with kafala.

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