FIFA is finally taking the first step

25 April 2016 13:04

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 diligence and use its leverage in Qatar. 

“As a global organization that represents millions of construction workers including those in Qatar, the BWI looks forward to engage with FIFA as we have done with other international institutions such as the ILO and construction companies to develop concrete mechanisms that would have real impact for construction workers on the ground where they work and where they live,” stated Ambet Yuson, General Secretary.

FIFA has finally recognized that workers are part of the team in stating that “labour issues especially in the construction sector are a global challenge,” and that “everyone involved has a shared responsibility.”