16/6/2016

Mega sporting events - Labour Rights and Human Rights

Mega sporting events have the potential to help catalyze greater respect for human rights and international labour standards, and each major sporting event has the potential to bring lasting positive social impacts. However, the BWI sees that there are significant human rights risks and...


11/6/2016

Another strike over unpaid wages at 2018 World Cup stadium in Russia

Turkish migrant workers working on the construction of the 2018 World Cup stadium in Rostov on Don went on strike over unpaid wages at the end of May,. Hundreds of workers stopped their work and demanded their employer to pay back their wages. The regional government in Rostov on Don had to...


5/6/2016

11 workers killed in accommodation fire in Qatar

Eleven South Asian workers in Qatar got killed and 12 injured in a fire that broke out in their living quarters on Wednesday night. The news was reported on Friday and did not reveal the exact location or nationalities of the workers – but according to information from BWI sources in Qatar – they...


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...