Audit: Excessive working hours on Qatar 2022 World Cup sites

FILE - In this file photo taken during a government organized media tour, workers walk back to the Al-Wakra Stadium worksite being built for the 2022 World Cup, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar World Cup monitors have found workers going more than four months without rest on building sites. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Migrant workers on Qatar's 2022 World Cup building sites are going up to five months without a break, according to an audit that revives concerns about labor conditions.

Impactt, the World Cup organizers' external compliance monitor, found working hours exceeded 72 hours per week at eight construction companies — a "critical" non-compliance of expected practices.

The report is a snapshot of the conditions for workers on the vast construction project being overseen by a body known as the Supreme Committee. Only 19 of the 208 construction companies were assessed, including 679 worker interviews, while 12 contractors lacked a reliable system to monitor hours, Impactt said.

Three workers for one contractor went without a day off for between 124 and 148 consecutive days. In one extreme case a 402-hour working month was uncovered, 90 over the limit.

Impactt said "urgent attention" was required to address ongoing contractual issues.

The report found 96 percent of new workers were paid an average of $1,248, with the majority not receiving a receipt, according to interviews with a sample of 24.

Impactt did, though, acknowledge a "new spirit" in Qatar to embrace changes to labor laws, including holding elections for worker welfare forums.

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