Al Bidda Park, in the heart of Qatar.
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Perhaps they are the least visible stories at this time of the Qatar World Cup 2022, but it is the other reality that the Arab country lives in the midst of the revelry for the World Cup. And it is that Some security forces denounce the existing labor exploitation in the country.

Al Bidda Park, in the heart of Qatar. (Pete Pattison/)

Many of them are immigrants and made complaints for receiving salaries that, according to them, violate the rights of the worker. Is about security guards at one of the main parks, Al Bidda Park, where a FIFA Fan Fest was held.

How are the working conditions of security guards in Qatar?

Affirm that they work 12-hour shifts, and only get one day off per month. “We only go from our work to our homes, and vice versa,” was the testimony of one of them. “You can show me anywhere in Qatar and not know where it is,” he added.

Your pay stubs show that they receive salaries of 1,330 riyals, the equivalent of US$ 365. This is in exchange for 348 hours of service per month.

“It’s illegal, but the government is keeping quiet, so what can we do?” commented another of the injured men.

“We put up with this because we need the money”, is the generalized statement that they make. And from another perspective, they also affirm: “I’m happy because I get something… It’s a struggle but I don’t care because I have nothing.”

Qatar needed a large amount of foreign labor to prepare for the World Cup.

Qatar needed a large amount of foreign labor to prepare for the World Cup. (Clarion/)

Amnesty International’s complaints

Apparently, this situation of labor exploitation in the country located on the Persian Gulf would not be something new. Last March, an Amnesty International report reported that labor exploitation in private security is very common.: “Security guards are an integral part of the smooth running of the World Cup… No one should have to work in these conditions and anyone who has been abused should be compensated.”

These words were expressed by Ella Knight, a researcher on the labor rights of migrants at Amnesty. And she added that the situation is “another clear example of the deficiencies of the reform process and how the remaining gaps in the application of the laws continue to affect the lives of migrant workers in the country”.

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