BRUSSELS (AP) — The International Trade Union Confederation is pushing FIFA to press for changes in Qatari labor laws because it says at least 4,000 migrant workers could die in the extreme heat as they build facilities for the 2022 World Cup.
ITUC Secretary General Sharan Burrow said in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday that instead of working to improve the plight of the Asian migrants, FIFA was in "a conspiracy" with the Qatari authorities to maintain a status quo.
"If FIFA really were serious, then their power to hold the World Cup with decent work or to withdraw it would be enough for the Qataris to sit down and talk," she said.
FIFA said Thursday it was "very concerned" about reports "regarding labor rights' abuses and the conditions for construction workers" working on the 2022 World Cup project at Lusail City.
"FIFA will again get in contact with the Qatari authorities and the matter will also be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting" on Oct. 3-4, football's world governing body said in a statement.
The FIFA board session next week could decide "in principle" that the 2022 tournament cannot be played in the Qatari summer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has suggested.