There is no easy way to explain what the accommodations for the GSS staff are like. For many it is like nothing we have ever seen before. For the managers of GSS visiting there always proved to be difficult. Staff would group together refusing to get on the buses for work because of non-payment of salary - so managers always had to run out to the camps.
Each and everytime was a dreaded experience having to go to the camps. It does not seem possible to work in a company that makes people live this way. For the owner, I doubted he cared much as his homes in Qatar, Beruit and Dubai are perfect. But for the managers there was a feeling of embarassment and shame.
Our Canadian friends tell us that one night she was called to the accomodations because of salary issues. It was dark and as she opened the door to enter the camp she stepped into two feet of sewage. The entire camp was flooded with sewage. The smell was foul and she was sick. The thought that her feet and legs were standing in sewage brought her stomach right to her throat. Her staff stayed four days in this sewage before they managed to scrap some money together to get it cleaned out.
The camps are dirtier than most barns where animals live. There is often backed up sewage in the washrooms and broken pipes that spills out to other areas. The bacteria and other matter which one would dare not touch is sometimes an inch thick. The accommodations are a cestpool of bacteria, sewage and fecal matter and we dare not wonder what viruses, diseases and other things are growing in there. The kitchen is a place you would not dare to cook in or even put your food in.
There are cockroaches the size of something most have never seen before. Many of the men passed good parts of the summer with no airconditioning in the room and there is never enough water for all them. Not to mention no drinking water at all!
Some have no beds and must sleep on the floor, while others that do have beds would be better off on the floors. These people work 12 hours a day, seven days a week with no break. They don't get paid, and then they go home to live in a cestpool of garbage and waste. They ask only for their basic rights and nothing more.
If you are not happy with how you must live or not getting paid you have no option at GSS. You are forced to continue to work there and if you complain rest assured you will be cancelled. Tell us would you do it?