The campaign will complement other campaigns already running by bringing in new allies.
Fans â€“ many of whom are also trade unionists â€“ are as outraged as anyone that Qatarâ€™s lax health and safety and repressive â€śkafalaâ€ť laws are likely to lead to 4,000 deaths before the 2022 World Cup begins.
Football fans are considered such an important constituency in the battle of the hosting of the World Cup that Qatar has paid a PR agency to set up a “grass roots” blogÂ whichÂ also serves as a platform for character assassinations of anyone criticising the country.
The TUCÂ on the other hand, isÂ working with organisations like the Football Supportersâ€™ Federation to get the word out that Qatarâ€™s new laws and promised regulations mean nothing if theyâ€™re not enforced, and that pressure must be maintained until we see proof of change (preferably through the legalisation of unions for migrant workers).
The ultimate aim is to build a broad coalition of support to help with future union campaigning and lobbying aimed at construction companies, sponsors and governments.
In discussion with the fansâ€™ groups, the TUC hasÂ developed a photo action to allow football fans to express very simply their support for the campaign and get them involved.
We are seeking photos from:
- Groups of fans, hopefully outside matches
- Individual fans (in team tops) or groups of fans from offices, branches etc
- Fans from rival teams â€śunitingâ€ť over the issue (as in the example above)
- Recreational teams before matches
- and indeed any other ideas you might have.
The TUC has put the basic components in place, and many fansâ€™ groups have agreed to participate, but we need more help to the promote the campaign.
Please do allÂ you can to spread the word about the action and encourage people to send in photos.
The campaign website â€“ very much focused on drawing in fans â€“ can be found by clicking here.
It would be very helpful if you could also like us onÂ FacebookÂ and follow and promote the Twitter feed @PlayfairQatar
The simple message signs can beÂ downloaded here.
Photos can be sent toÂ firstname.lastname@example.org