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SBD Global/February 11, 2013/International Football

Unionist Says Qatar's World Cup Workers 'Will Likely Die' Due To Harsh Conditions

A trade unionist warned that scores of migrant laborers facing "slavery" conditions "will likely die" to build Qatar’s stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, according to the AFP. Int'l Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Sharan Burrow said, "More labourers will die during construction than the footballers who will step on the pitch. Qatar is a 21st-century slave state." Burrow, a former president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, said that construction workers faced temperatures up to 50C (122F) outdoors during the summer months. Burrow: "They work at risk of heart attacks and dehydration ... many die at night from heat strokes" (AFP, 2/10).
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