Unite statement on 2022 World Cup stadium fatality in Qatar

Unite statement on 2022 World Cup stadium fatality in Qatar

20 January 2017

Unite, the union for construction workers, called for an immediate and transparent investigation by the Qatar government today (Friday 20 January), following news that a British construction worker had died while working on the construction of Khalifa International stadium in Doha.

Extending the union’s condolences, Unite acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “We express our sadness at hearing of the death of another construction worker in Qatar and send our condolences to the family at this most difficult time.

“This tragedy is not an isolated incident and we demand that the Qatari authorities carry out an immediate full and transparent investigation.

“Unite, as the UK’s only construction union is working alongside the Building and Woodworkers International on a programme of joint inspections on the health safety and worker welfare conditions of World Cup 2022 stadia and infrastructure.

“This tragedy shows how long overdue such work is and how important it can be. Unite’s priority will always be the health safety and wellbeing of our sisters and brothers employed in Qatar.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.