In a separate email, Ms. Burrow added: “Lots of workers want to organize and join unions. “We are putting the planning in place to have a presence in Doha, the first step is to build a construction union to engage with major companies building World Cup stadium and infrastructure under contract from the FIFA 2022 supreme committee.”
Ms. Burrow said she had also met also met with the Qatari Minister for Social Affairs, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and the Qatar National Human Rights Committee.
Qatari efforts to fend off an international boycott have so far fallen short of the confederation’s demands. In the latest effort to mollify the unions, Qatar last weekend allowed a rare demonstration in favor of foreign labor rights. Union members wore masks of two Nepali workers during the rally to highlight the abuses of guest workers in the Gulf state.
James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog