1/11/2016

Russia: 2018 World Cup News Digest – Дайджест Новостей Чемпионата Мира 2018

In 2016, the BWI launched the 2018 World Cup News Digest. The Digest aims to provide BWI affiliates with latest news regarding the preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, stage of construction of the 2018 World Cup sites, working and living conditions of all workers including migrant workers...


28/10/2016

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova urges sporting bodies to take responsibility for human rights

International sporting organizations must take their responsibility to stop human rights abuses around mega sports events, the Czech-American tennis legend Martina Navratilova told a group of senior officials at a forum organized by the US State Department on Thursday the 13th of October. ”I can...


8/10/2016

Another death at the 2018 World Cup Stadium in St-Petersburg

On 7th of October 2016 fatal accident happened on the World Cup Stadium in St. Petersburg. According to news reports, the worker tragically from down an elevator shaft. This is the fourth fatal accident on the Stadium in St. Petersburg which is set to host one of the semi-final matches in 18...


26/8/2016

Russia: BWI and RBWU sign cooperation agreement with FIFA for Russia 2018

FIFA, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), and the Russian Construction Workers Union (RBWU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in ensuring decent and safe working conditions for the construction and renovation of...


18/7/2016

Investigation of Wage Theft after Strike at World Cup Stadium in Russia

Workers at the 2018 World Cup stadium in St-Petersburg went on strike over unpaid wages on the 13th of July. The workers blocked the main gates to the construction site and did not allow representatives of the main contracting company of the stadium project to leave. The strikers went back to work...


29/6/2016

New agreement to promote Decent Work in Mega Sports Events

Swedish unions and sports organisations have signed an agreement to ensure safe and decent working conditions for all workers involved in sports events. The agreement states that all work related to sporting events in Sweden must comply with both the relevant collective agreements and with the...


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...