Portugal among the signatories of the UEFA and FIFA Human Rights Group document
The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) is one of 11 bodies that have signed a document between the UEFA Working Group on Human Rights and FIFA, which provides for the presence of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Qatar.
“FIFA has confirmed its support for the existence of a permanent ILO office in Doha. The proposed office would be created in collaboration with the government of Qatar, working closely with international trade unions and supporting and advising migrant workers. This measure meets one of the demands that we have been making for a long time”, announced today the FPF
In a statement published on the official website of the Portuguese body on the Internet, the FPF highlighted “FIFA’s commitment” to ensure that “migrant workers receive financial compensation in cases where they have not been paid on time or have suffered injuries in any accident at work” .
“We were also informed that more than 350 million dollars (about 340 million euros) have already been paid in compensation to workers since 2018, mainly in cases of delay and non-payment of interest. Ensuring effective enforcement of the compensation system will be one of the key tasks of the Migrant Workers Center and constitutes welcome progress,” the statement reads.
The FPF also announced that FIFA informed that the “legacy fund” of the 2022 World Cup, taking place precisely in Qatar, will be used in solidarity actions around the world.
“It will be used to help some of the most connected people in the world and, in particular, to help in the education of girls and young people”, said the FPF.
In addition to Portugal, the federations of Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Wales, England, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland signed the document.
The conclusions were reached today after a meeting between the UEFA Working Group on Human Rights and Rights at Work and FIFA in Doha.
Members of the UEFA Working Group will return to Qatar in 2023 to confirm “initiatives and ensure the delivery of a sustainable legacy”.