Qatar rejects latest data on labourer deaths at World Cup construction sites

DOHA, 21st December, 2015 (WAM) -- The State of Qatar has refuted a statement released by the International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC, claiming that 7,000 expatriate workers in Qatar will die getting the country ready for the 2022 World Cup.

A government statement carried by Qatar News Agency, QNA, called the findings "baseless, and a repeated attempt to distort the facts", stressing that there has not been a single case of death among labourers working on the project over a period of 14 million work hours.

The statement also pointed out that it is not logical to connect all the deaths that have been recorded in the country, which hosts more than one million foreign workers, as a result of work-related accidents.

"If the international trade union applied the same logic through its evaluation of worker deaths during the 2012 London Olympics, for example, then the death of every non-British worker between 2006 and 2012 may be related to the construction of the facilities for the London Olympics facilities," the statement said.

It added, "Although the figures published have been rejected several times in the past, the union for unknown reasons, insists on presenting them as a proven fact. There is no reason to believe that thousands of workers will die at World Cup construction sites."


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