BWI visit to World Cup stadium construction site in Saint Petersburg

In 2018 Russia will host the FIFA World Cup in eleven cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Kaliningrad, Nizhniy Novgorod, Volgograd, Rostov on Don, Samara, Saransk, and Yekaterinburg.

Ambet Yuson, BWI General Secretary and Per-Olof Sjöö, BWI President, and Dietmar Schäfers, Vice-President, visited the construction site of the World Cup stadium, where they witnessed the working conditions of 2,000 workers employed for the construction of the stadium. Many of them live on the construction site where they work, although some have managed to find accommodation in the city.

More than 80 subcontracting companies are involved in the construction of the stadium and the majority of the workers are migrants from poorer Russian regions, Eastern Europe and countries in Central Asia. Trade unions in these countries provide full support to the Russian trade unions in their effort to organize migrant workers in Russia, which is a great challenge for them.