EXCLUSIVE: 212 Indian catering workers – and 20 Filipino women who sell merchandise – are left outside Doha’s glitzy £650 million Al Bayt stadium without food or drink for SIX HOURS ahead of the World Cup opening ceremony
More than 200 Indian catering workers hired for the opening match of the World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador sat outside the Al Bayt stadium for six hours this afternoon without food or water.
Sports mail spoke to several workers, who have been recruited as cashiers by catering company Qatar Star Services, outside the new £650 million stadium, and many expressed dissatisfaction with their treatment and working conditions.
The group of 205 men and seven women were taken from their accommodation at 9 a.m. this morning and dropped off at 10 a.m. at the 60,000-stadium district of Doha, but were not allowed onto the ground until 4 p.m.
The workers told Sports mail that during their long wait they were not given any food or drink and had no contact with their supervisor, but simply had to wait for his arrival.
All employees have signed a one-month contract with Qatar Star Services for the duration of the tournament, with the company requiring them to work every day.
In addition to their wages, accommodation and one meal a day are also provided.
Preparations for the World Cup have continued to unravel in the run-up to the tournament
A large number of stadium employees were left without food or drink for six hours
Workers were taken from the property at 9am before being dropped off at a stadium
Although there was no supervision of the 232 workers who were left unattended on Sunday
One of the workers told Sports mail: ‘We are all cashiers, but we can’t go into the ground. They’re not ready for us. We’ve been here since 10am but can’t get in until 4pm. We are just waiting for our supervisor. We didn’t eat or drink anything, nothing.’
Sportsmail spoke to another group of 20 female employees from the Philippines who were hired to sell merchandise at the stadium. They had to wait outside for three hours without food or drink.
By contrast, senior members of Qatar’s ruling Al Thani family arrived in a helicopter before being wheeled into the stadium.
In the run-up to the World Cup, there was much debate about the treatment of migrant workers