27/5/2016

33,000 Cambodian workers to Qatar

An agreement was reached on Wednesday 18 May between the Cambodian Labour Minister and Qatar’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, that Cambodia will send up to 33,000 workers to Qatar for a variety of construction projects in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup. This came after an initial request...


4/5/2016

Philippine Migrant Workers celebrate May Day

On 1 May the Filipino Construction Mutual Aid Organisation, a Doha-based community organization that represents building and construction workers, joined more than 600 trade unionists from the Federation of Free Workers for a May Day celebration at the Liwasang Bonifacio monument in Manila,...


2/5/2016

Russian trade unions promote decent work before the 2018 World Cup

On 19-20 April 2016, a national conference on the 2018 World Cup Decent Work Campaign took place in St-Petersburg, Russia. Regional leaders from the Construction and Building Material Workers Trade Union (RCWU) and health and safety specialists from host cities of the 2018 World Cup came together...


27/4/2016

11 workers killed in Rio Olympics projects – BWI calls for independent investigation

A total of 11 workers have died in the construction for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over a period of three years, according to information gathered by members of the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and state labour inspectors. “This is the result of a lack of respect for...


22/4/2016

FIFA is finally taking the first step.

Today FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino announced that it would, “create an oversight body with independent members to ensure decent working conditions at FIFA World Cup stadiums.” Many international organizations including BWI has been pressing FIFA to take more responsibility to conduct due...


15/4/2016

New report: FIFA & Human Rights

A new report points out an agenda for FIFA how to respect human and labour rights across its global operations. The report was commissioned by FIFA itself and written by the human rights expert Professor John Ruggie. It also includes guidelines and recommendations for marketing and sponsorship...


14/4/2016

Amnesty report reveals the ugly side of the beautiful game in Qatar

Migrant construction workers building the Khalifa International Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been subjected to a range of exploitative practices including forced labour according to a report from Amnesty...


3/4/2016

Big fire at the construction of Qatar’s largest mall

A fire broke out at the construction of the Mall of Qatar on Tuesday the 2nd of April. The mall is being built in the Al-Rayyan area in Doha, next to the site where the World Cup 2022 stadium Ahmed Bin Ali is also under construction. According to workers at the site that the BWI has been in...


1/4/2016

BWI campaign wins award for creating better conditions for workers at mega sports event

Earlier this month, leaders of BWI affiliates in Sweden was awarded for their hard-work on ensuring better working and living conditions for workers in the construciton sector in relation to international mega-sports events. The award was given by the Swedish Development Forum for exceptionally...


16/3/2016

Strike on the 2018 World Cup Stadium in Nizhniy Novgorod

The spring of 2016 has started with brutal violations of the rights of workers building for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. In the beginning of March construction workers at the site of the 2018 World Cup stadium “Luzhniki” stopped their work due to unpaid wages and absence of employments...