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by Shane Stokes
May 30, 2017
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Billed in advance as a triumph, the legacy of the Doha world road race championships is a concerning one. Over 100 staff are still awaiting payments for their work during the race last October, and many are reportedly losing hope of ever being paid.
The world championships was awarded to Qatar in September 2012, following the withdrawal of other applicants. The races were held between October 9 and 16 last year but, according to the Doha News, 130 workers on temporary contracts during the event have not been given what was promised.
They worked in a variety of roles, including journalists, photographers, drivers and catering staff. They were all employed by the race’s local organising committee and had official contracts, many lasting for more than a month. They have been told that the delays are due to ‘unforeseen reasons.’
The Doha News reports that 130 people are affected, and spoke to one unidentified individual who said he was owed QR6,000 [approx. 2217AUS/1470 euro/1648 USD] for 13 days’ work.
He told the newspaper that many of those affected had originally met to discuss the issue and possible actions. Among the courses of action considered were official complaints to the Labour Court and the police, but that they gradually gave up trying. He said that many had ‘lost hope’ of ever being paid.
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