The Scottish Trade Union Congress calls on the Scottish Football Association to speak out on Qatar

June 1st 2015

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The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is calling on the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to speak out on the appalling labour abuse that is happening in Qatar. In a letter sent to the SFA last week, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith called on the SFA to use the opportunity of the game with Qatar on Friday 5th June to make representations to the Qatari authorities and urged them to make a public statement regarding their concerns.

Since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar workers have been dying at a rate of 40 per month with the total number of fatalities now around 1,400 and likely to be more than 4000 when the World Cup is finally staged.

Conditions for workers in Qatar are very poor with many migrant workers finding themselves trapped in abusive situations, unable to change employer or leave the country without their employer’s consent.

Speaking ahead of the game on Friday in Edinburgh, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

“Football should be a force for good in world; instead we are seeing the beautiful game marred by controversy and corruption. The situation in Qatar cannot go on. If the match on Friday was a World Cup ‘22 game 62 workers would have died to stage it.”

The STUC will be joining the Scottish Football Supporters Association and Playfair Qatar on Friday to leaflet outside the game to raise awareness of the situation that workers are facing in Qatar and to ask FIFA and the SFA to take action.


Notes to Editors Information on the Playfair Qatar campaign can be found at

The letter was sent from the STUC to the SFA on Thursday the 28th May 2015

A pdf copy of the letter is also attached

For further information contact Helen Martin 0141 337 8100

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