Carillion has announced it is conducting an ‘immediate review’ into allegations that staff working for its subcontractors in Qatar are underpaid and not provided with adequate safety equipment
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The UK construction firm featured in a BBC report highlighting the plight of subcontracted staff working on projects in Doha ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Among the claims were that staff from Bangladesh, India and Nepal were paid a fraction of the sums promised when they left their home countries to work abroad.
One said he was paid the equivalent of £113 a month, instead of a promised £263, and that half of his actual pay was redirected to the recruitment agency that found him work in Qatar.
Others who said they worked for Carillion’s subcontractors reported they were neither given adequte protective clothing nor medical treatment when they suffered injuries.
All said their passports were held by their employers.
A statement from Carillion said the firm did ‘everything we can to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our people in Qatar, including employees of our subcontractors’.
It added: ‘Carillion is deeply concerned and surprised by the claims made by Newsnight concerning one of our subcontractors and one of their sub-suppliers.
‘We are conducting an immediate review of these claims to establish the position and take appropriate action.’
The BBC said that more than 1,000 construction workers had died in Qatar since the nation was selected as host for the 2022 World Cup four years ago.
It added that the International Trade Union Confederation, which is keeping tabs on the grim statistics, estimated that the toll may hit 4,000 before the final stadium is complete.
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Latest 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium revealed
Plans for the latest 2022 Qatar World Cup venue by Madrid-based Fenwick Iribarren Architects have been unveiled
The 40,000-capacity arena – known as the Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health and Wellness Precinct – will host matches up to and including the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
Planned to complete in 2018, the project is backed by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
It will be built on the foundation’s flagship 1,000-hectare Education City campus which is around 7 kilometres west of the capital city Doha.
The new stadium and wellness precinct will provide medical and sporting facilities for the local community before and after the high-profile sporting event. Male and female gymnasiums, swimming pools, tennis courts, football pitches, cycling tracks and a climbing area are all proposed.
Seating capacity in the area will be reduced to 25,000 after the tournament. The grass pitch will also be replaced with an artificial playing surface to allow it to be used 365 days a year.
Ghanim Al Kuwari, the supreme council’s competition venues director said: ‘This is another important step in our preparations for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, and is the fourth stadium design we have unveiled.’
He continued: ‘Through innovative design, sustainably-sourced materials and the latest cooling and energy-efficient technology, the Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health & Wellness Precinct will not only allow us to host an amazing FIFA World Cup but also leave a genuine legacy in Qatar well beyond 2022.’
Mark Fenwick of Fenwick Iribarren Architects said: ‘The design of the Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health and Wellness Precinct, combines local cultural and social values with global best practice.
‘Designing the Qatar Foundation Stadium was a unique challenge as it incorporates the innovative cooling technologies being developed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.’
Stadiums already under construction include Al Wakrah by Zaha Hadid and Al Bayt by Dar Al Handasah.
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