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World Cup 2022: the FFF announces support for a compensation fund for workers who are victims of accidents in Qatar


In agreement with several other federations, the FFF has submitted a triptych of proposals to Fifa, including this compensation fund already in place.

A few weeks before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18), a new step forward was taken on Tuesday.

The French Football Federation (FFF) thus announced on Tuesday that it is working with several other federations to create a compensation fund for victims of accidents at work on the sites of the stadiums where the competition will take place.

“We spoke with a dozen federations to work on a triptych of proposals, declared Philippe Diallo, the deputy vice-president of the French federation at the opening of the Think Football forum, organized at the headquarters of the FFF.

According to him, it is a question of "creating a reception center for migrant workers which would be part of the legacy of the Qatari World Cup, creating a compensation fund for all those who have been victims of accidents at work during World Cup construction sites, and to ensure that all captains can wear an armband sign of inclusion.


“We have submitted to Fifa and to the Supreme Committee (for the organization of the World Cup in Qatar, editor’s note) all of these proposals.

We are trying to be pragmatic, to be efficient, our choice is to support developments, and not to boycott, to ensure, without arrogance in relation to the organizing country, that the developments that we are beginning to see can be extend”, continued the leader, specifying that the FFF would ensure that the employees and service providers of the base camp of the Blues in Doha have good “working conditions and remuneration”.

Opening of #ThinkFoot2022 by @PhilippeDiallo Deputy VP @FFF “World Cup: the @FFF does not run away from the debate and chooses to support developments, not to boycott.

Our mission is to play football” @NewsTankFoot @dcourdier

— Marc Guiraud (@MarcGuiraud) October 4, 2022

The idea of ​​a compensation fund for workers who worked on the construction sites of the competition has been brought in recent months by several human rights organizations, which have called on the sponsors of the World Cup to support the initiative.

“We welcome this speech and that the FFF supports this compensation fund,” reacted to AFP Lola Schulmann, advocacy officer for Amnesty International France.

"The goal now is for the FFF to carry its voice within Fifa and for Fifa, too, to commit to the workers," she added, recalling Amnesty's claim. International to abound the fund with a "minimum amount" of 400 million dollars, the equivalent of the sports endowments promised to the 32 selections aligned.

Qatar has put in place workers' compensation systems but these measures have been slow and have not benefited everyone, according to the organization.

NGOs, which welcome certain social reforms adopted by the Qatari authorities, point to shortcomings in the protection of workers, as well as a recurring problem of unpaid wages.

Qatar, for its part, vigorously rejects criticism of its inaction on workers' rights, welcoming in particular the introduction of a minimum wage, the relaxation of the dependence of workers vis-à-vis their employers and the imposition of stricter protective rules during very hot summers.

Since the start of the works, there have been 6,500 deaths on the construction sites according to a survey by The Guardian in February 2021, a figure disputed by Doha.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2022-10-04

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