Unite the UK and Ireland’s largest union has given its strong backing to an open letter sent by Building and Woodworkers International (BWI), the global confederation of construction unions, to Gianni Infantino the president of FIFA, opposing suggestions that the organisation will expand the 2022 World Cup beyond Qatar to neighbouring states.

BWI agreements

The BWI has secured agreements to improve working conditions for migrant construction workers undertaking work on World Cup projects in Qatar. However similar agreements do not exist in other Gulf states and conditions for migrant workers, the majority of whom come from the Indian sub-continent, are worse.

Human rights disaster

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Expanding the World Cup just three years before the tournament is due to begin, would be a human rights disaster.

“Exploitation of migrant construction workers would massively increase, without any safeguards or protection.

“It is imperative that FIFA places workers at the forefront of its considerations and rejects a last minute decision to expand the next World Cup.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: [email protected]

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