Recommend this page

Stay up to date on news and events in the BWI. Join our email news service!

About the Decent Work project in the run up to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa 2010

Part 2 about the Decent Work projects around FIFA 2010 World Cup and EURO 2012

FIFA World Cup 2010


1 of 11

> > > > > 

BWI and its South Africa Construction sector affiliates launched a campaign on decent work in the construction sector towards and beyond hosting of 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The campaign aims at promoting decent work fighting for: the right to work, to organize, to bargain, right to a living wage, to zero accidents, to no downward variation, to quality Jobs, improved basic conditions, health awareness and skills development.

The opportunity for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup came at the most needed time when the country was experiencing almost 46% unemployment, while the economy was promising and growing, the construction sector have been underperforming, contributing almost two percent to the GDP in the process nearly 90% of workers working under informal arrangements, with no possibility for good working conditions and Social Security.

Having come out of decade’s long slump, in 2006 the construction sector in South Africa recorded a 13.3% growth, the highest growth of all sectors of the economy. The construction sector annual contribution to GDP is 3.1%. Company increases in general are growing at a faster rate than compensation to employees and incomes are widening on a racial basis.

BWI construction unions in South Africa are BCAWU, NUM and SABAWO. BWI also work with LRS in this project for research and currently LRS is hosting the campaign coordinator. Solidarity support organisations are also involved contributing to the campaign. This include Swedish Affiliates & LO-TCO, Swiss Labour Assistance supporting LRS, SASK Finland and some other affiliates from Europe.

In the more than a year since its launch, the campaign has resulted into about 3,000 recruited members, 5 industrial actions, several social dialogues including with FIFA Headquarters and thousands reach by the message of decent work.


Byggnads Contributes 500,000 SEK to the BWI Decent Work Campaign

At the 2014 Byggnads Congress that took place in Stockholm Sweden, the close to 200 delegates unanimously approved a contribution of 500,000 SEK to the Building and Wood Workers International for the global Sports Campaign for Decent Work. Johan Lindholm, who was also re-elected as President of Byggnads earlier in the morning presented a check to Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI. “This contribution is to reiterate the continue support of Byggnads to the Decent Work campaign which has...

learn more

BWI/3F Construction Network members Demand Decent work for Qatar Immigrant Workers

The situation of migrant workers in Qatar has been analysed in Johannesburg from 12 to 14 March 2014 during the BWI/3F Construction Network Meeting with the Affiliates from Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe voicing their concerns over the violation of workers’ rights in Qatar especially migrant workers. The affiliates, in solidarity with workers in Qatar, sent a message of hope that as unions they do not represent workers in their own backyards but workers across the globe...

learn more

BWI Calls for Urgent Action in Qatar

The BWI welcomes the new report released by Amnesty International, entitled "The Dark Side of Migration", which verifies the findings of the BWI Qatar mission team that had visited Qatar last month. The report, also gives further evidence to the serious exploitation migrant workers face in Qatar. Interviews with 210 workers, employers and government officials show that non-payment of wages, dangerous working conditions and discriminatory attitudes towards migrant workers are common in...

learn more

Trade Union’s Meeting with FIFA Covered Internationally

Last week’s trade union meeting at FIFA headquarters regarding labour rights in Qatar was covered by over 100 media outlets throughout the world. Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI, Vasco Pedrina, National Secretary of Unia and Vice-President of BWI Europe Region, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC, and Tim Noonan, Communications and Campaign Director of ITUC met with Jerome Valcke, General Secretary of FIFA on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The objective of the meeting was to raise...

learn more

Unions tell FIFA of international campaign to stop football world cup in Qatar

The International Trade Union Confederation , Building and Wood Workers International and the Swiss Union Unia will today deliver a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, at FIFA headquarters, warning of an international union campaign to stop the 2022 world cup in Qatar, unless the football governing body imposes conditions on the Qatar hosts to uphold workers’ rights. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary ITUC said unions are continuing to receive reports of unsafe working conditions and...

learn more