A three-part report looking at what can be done to protect those working to build the infrastructure for sporting mega-events.
Major sporting events such as the 2022 Qatar World Cup have the potential for huge social and economic impact. However, since Qatar won the World Cup bid in 2010 a spotlight has been shone on the vulnerability of migrant workers in the region, many of whom are employed to construct stadia for large-scale sporting events. One of the major forms of exploitation this group suffers from is the late or non-payment of wages.
In response to this, Engineers Against Poverty has released three reports in a series focusing on protecting the wages of migrant construction workers in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Continued exploitation of migrant workers in the GCC risks overshadowing the sporting events such stadia are built for, as the publicity surrounding the recent Athletics World Championships clearly demonstrates. The recommendations in this report provide a realistic opportunity to strengthen wage protection measures for migrant workers, which means the spotlight can remain firmly on the positive impact sport has.