Early day motion 1244

QATAR WORLD CUP AND MIGRANT WORKERS

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Total number of signatures: 60

Allen, Graham Anderson, David Baldry, Tony Blomfield, Paul
Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin Champion, Sarah
Clark, Katy Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David
Cryer, John Cunningham, Alex Cunningham, Jim Davidson, Ian
Dobbin, Jim Doran, Frank Durkan, Mark Edwards, Jonathan
Engel, Natascha Field, Frank Fitzpatrick, Jim Flynn, Paul
Francis, Hywel Gapes, Mike George, Andrew Glindon, Mary
Godsiff, Roger Hepburn, Stephen Hopkins, Kelvin Jackson, Glenda
Jowell, Tessa Lavery, Ian Lazarowicz, Mark Leech, John
Lucas, Caroline McDonnell, Alasdair McDonnell, John McGovern, Jim
Meale, Alan Mearns, Ian Morrice, Graeme Morris, Grahame M
O'Donnell, Fiona Ritchie, Margaret Rotheram, Steve Roy, Lindsay
Ruddock, Joan Shannon, Jim Sheridan, Jim Skinner, Dennis
Stringer, Graham Stunell, Andrew Turner, Karl Vaz, Valerie
Walley, Joan Ward, David Watts, Dave Williamson, Chris

That this House commends the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians and Building & Woodworkers International for organising a mission to Qatar to draw attention to the appalling health and safety standards on construction sites to which migrant workers are subjected; welcomes the exposé by Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror, highlighting the labour camps where tens of thousands of migrant workers are forced to live in abject squalor in overcrowded, insanitary accommodation; condemns the endemic poverty pay where skilled migrant workers, such as carpenters, receive as little as 56 pence per hour; deplores the widespread practice by unscrupulous employers of withholding wages for many months leaving workers destitute and starving; is appalled that 1,200 migrant workers have been killed in Qatar since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup; deprecates the system of sponsored employment in Qatar, known as the Kafala system that denies workers freedom of movement and prevents workers leaving the country without the approval of their employer; regrets the Qatari authorities' refusal to ratify International Labour Organization conventions allowing freedom of association; and therefore calls on FIFA to put Qatar on notice that its right to host the 2022 World Cup will be removed unless action is taken within the next 12 months to stop the exploitation of migrant workers by ending the Kafala system, ensuring all migrant workers are covered by the standards contained in Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Workers' Charter and allowing migrant workers to elect their own site committees and representatives.