World Cup construction sites in Qatar: a subsidiary of Vinci indicted

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World Cup construction sites in Qatar: a subsidiary of Vinci indicted

As expected, a subsidiary of the French construction group Vinci was indicted on Wednesday by a judge in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) as part of an investigation into the working conditions of employees on certain construction sites linked to the World Cup in Qatar, told theAFP the class attorney.

When summoned to appear before the investigating judge, the representative of the group “limited to expressing a protest relating to the insufficient time granted to the lawyers to elaborate the useful answers and the untimely choice of the date a few days before the opening of the Football World Cup”said Me Versini-Campinchi again.

The Vinci subsidiary was “indictment according to the terms of the summons”welcomed for her part the director of the NGO Sherpa Sandra Cossart, who added that she was also accused of forced labor and reduction in servitude.

A first complaint closed without action in 2018

The file dates back to 2015, and a first complaint was dismissed in 2018. But complaints with civil action from the Sherpa and Committee against Modern Slavery (CCEM) associations, as well as Indian and Nepalese employees of these sites, led to the opening of an investigation by an investigating judge in November 2019.

Three sites are decried by the complainants: that of the “light metro” linking Doha to Lusail, a new city which will host the final of the Football World Cup; that of the Lusail underground car parks; as well as those of the construction site of the luxury Sheraton hotel, in the heart of Doha.

Denounced working conditions

According to testimonies collected at the time by the NGO Sherpa, immigrant employees of Vinci on certain sites said they had worked – passport confiscated – between 66 and 77 hours a week. And they would have been crammed into cramped rooms with insufficient sanitary facilities, receiving remuneration unrelated to the work provided, threatened with dismissal or dismissal in their country in the event of claims.

“None of the projects” awarded to Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC) “is not bound” at the World Cup in Qatar and they were “awarded (…) before the organization of this competition was awarded” (in 2010) to this wealthy Gulf emirate, says Vinci. He recalls that the projects have focused “basically on transport infrastructure”.

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