Chelsea Qatar World Cup Workers Protest

 
Qatar World Cup Workers’ Conditions Protest at Stamford Bridge
This Saturday at 3pm before Chelsea’s game with Manchester United the Chelsea Supporters Trust and Playfair Qatar invite Chelsea supporters to join in a group photo protest aimed at improving the welfare and rights of workers constructing the stadia in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
 
FIFA, STOP FOUL PLAY IN QATAR
 
To date, more than 1,400 workers have died building these stadia as well as other related projects and it is estimated over 4,000 in total will perish before a ball is kicked at the controversial World Cup in seven years’ time. Not only are these deaths entirely unacceptable and reprehensible, but Qatar’s kafala system of employment behind it is akin to modern day slavery. Immigrant workers are paid pennies by the hour – some going without any pay whatsoever – and are bound to their employer, unable to change jobs or even leave the country without permission, for which there is no obligation to be given.
 
The meeting point for the protest is at the cfcuk stall opposite the main entrance to Fulham Broadway tube station at 3pm with a group photo planned to take place in front of the West Stand / Britannia Gate Entrance. Supporters arriving later can still have their photos taken with the Playfair Qatar placards up until kick off.
 
Meeting point at the cfcuk stall opposite Fulham Broadway
 
Please do join us this Saturday as Chelsea FC supporters and fans of all clubs have the chance to pressure FIFA and the Qatari government to improve workers’ conditions and livelihoods and to stop sport’s most famous global competition from being tarnished any further than it already has.
 
For more information on the damage being done in football’s name visit the Playfair Qatar website. You can also follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.
 
 
 
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Newsletter – April 2015

Welcome to the latest CST newsletter, updating you on a range of issues and events. Hopefully by the time of the final newsletter of the season in a few weeks time, we will be well on track for our second trophy of the season.

Recent SGM

The latest Special General meeting was held on 21st February at the Finborough Arms. A full house ensured a lively discussion on a range of issues and the SGM Minutes 21 February 2015 can be downloaded here. The meeting was also recorded and the podcast can be downloaded here.

The guests at this meeting were two officers from the Football Intelligence Unit, who held a Q&A session with CST members. The notes of this Q&A session can be found here.

As stated at the last SGM, the final meeting this season is likely to be a Virtual General Meeting to be broadcast live to members, on a date to be confirmed in May. We will give more details as we have them. As always, the Annual General Meeting will be held on the first weekend of next season, and the date will be announced once the 2015/16 fixture list has been produced.

Premier League Demo

Last week saw the latest Premier League meeting, which was the focus of a Share TV Wealth demonstration organised by the Football Supporters Federation. The CST had a presence on the march, and we are grateful to CST member Debbie Coady for these photographs

We are still examining the detail of the Premier League announcement regarding increased funding for grassroots payments and other redistribution initiatives, which was made shortly after the Premier League meeting. Once we have burrowed beneath the headline figures and are clearer what the real implications are, we will put out statement to members.

PL Trusts Meeting

The CST were represented at a recent Premier League Trusts meeting. A range of issues were discussed, including the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)  Expert Working Group, the Ticket Price Campaign and other issues affecting Premier League supporters. We will give further feedback in due course, once meeting notes have been produced.

2015/16 Ticket Price Freeze

The CST board response to the club announcement of the 2015/16 ticket price freeze, and expansion of the young persons age range, can be found here.

Ticket Touting

This problem refuses to go away and was highlighted to the police at the SGM as an increasing problem. We are looking to work with QPR, who have a similar problem (as supporters will doubtless see at Loftus Road in a couple of weeks) and put pressure on Hammersmith and Fulham Council to take appropriate action. Look out for information in the next few weeksto find out how you can get involved.

PSG Incidents

A number of CST members fed back their experiences in Paris to the Club and these are being collated and forwarded on to UEFA.

The Board continues to have a dialogue with the appropriate Club executives on this and a range of other issues that matter to our members.
Further Reading

In the News

The outcome of the General Election can re-shape the domestic game: The Football Action Network’s manifesto for change
Premier League pledges £1bn redistribution as supporter campaigning starts to pay off
Danger of the Twitter Lynch Mob: Advice to Chelsea supporters following the Paris Metro incident by barrister, Alison Gurden
West Brom manager, Tony Pulis, wants Safe Standing in the Premier League

Chelsea-related

Chelsea Life President Lord Attenborough remembered
Club providing subsidised train and coach travel to Leicester away
Kick off dates or times for the followng home fixtures may be changed due to TV scheduling:
Crystal Palace
Liverpool

For all the latest news and views that catch the CST’s eye, follow the Trust on Twitter at www.twitter.com/chelseastrust and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chelseasupporterstrust

Travel News

Get advance ticket alerts from thetrainline,com  Before you book, please remember that fixtures are subject to change due to television demands:

http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league
The Two Together Railcard gives a third off rail fares: http://www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk/leaflet/

Travel to the Bridge by train? Weekend travel news from Tfl:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/track.aspx?offset=weekend
Follow TfL travel status on Twitter: