Construction union UCATT is campaigning to expose the working conditions in Qatar for construction workers.

The conditions have been highlighted by the hundreds of deaths on construction sites ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

The migrant workers are denied basic rights and are often forced to work long hours in temperatures which frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius. They are forced to live in squalid labour camps despite the fact that Qatar is the richest nation on earth.

O H Parsons & Partners are proud to have supported the recent Mission to Qatar. Ellie Reeves, a Partner in the Employment Rights Department and a member of the Labour Party’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee, was part of the high profile delegation. Ellie said; “The disregard for work place and Human Rights, health and safety and freedom of association in Qatar is shocking. We heard stories of 18 to a room, people with no beds, terrible food, not being allowed to return home. It is a disgrace.”

The delegation included two Labour MPs Chris Williamson MP for Derby North and Stephen Hepburn MP for Jarrow.

Other members of the delegation include Steve Murphy General Secretary of UCATT, Kevin Maguire Associate Editor (politics) of the Daily Mirror, Jim Kennedy UCATT’s National Political Officer and Vice Chair of the Labour Party.

The joint mission is being undertaken alongside Building Workers International (BWI) the international federation of construction.

O H Parsons will continue to work with UCATT in their efforts to improve the plight of migrant workers in Qatar.

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