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UCATT highlights poor working conditions in Qatar

Construction union UCATT has begun a joint mission to expose the working conditions in Qatar for construction workers.

According to UCATT, the workers are denied basic rights and are often forced to work long hours, seven days a week in temperatures which frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius.

The conditions have been highlighted by the work that has begun on the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

The delegation includes two Labour MPs Chris Williamson MP for Derby North and Stephen Hepburn MP for Jarrow.

Other members of the delegation include Steve Murphy General Secretary of UCATT, Kevin Maguire Associate Editor (politics) of the Daily Mirror, Jim Kennedy UCATT’s National Political Officer and Vice Chair of the Labour Party and Ellie Reeves of Labour’s National Executive Committee who is the co-convenor of Labour’s Britain in the World Policy Commission.

The joint mission is being undertaken alongside Building Workers International (BWI) the international federation of construction unions.

As part of the visit the delegation will be meeting with migrant construction workers.

Mr Murphy said: “Hundreds of construction workers are dying needlessly in Qatar every year. It is vital that Qatar is forced to act and to ensure that this appalling death toll and abuse of workers is ended immediately. Pressure must be placed on Qatar to ensure that the deaths of workers are no longer ignored.”

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