Increasing trade union strength globally is crucial to represent workers effectively in sectoral policy, collective bargaining and workplace organising activities.


We fight for sustainable jobs, decent wages, safe working conditions and for ending precarious work.


With our members globally we defend and advance workers´ rights, including those of youth, women and migrant workers.

Special Issues

Our members have a role to play in areas like climate change, sustainability and child labour.

BWI leads tripartite International Workers’ Memorial Day in Qatar

For the first time, the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) commemorated International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) in Qatar by supporting the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) 2nd National OSH Conference and participating in various site-level activities to raise awareness on safety and health.

MAY DAY 2018: Community Leaders Forum in Qatar

April 30 2018 - On the eve of May Day in Doha, close to 200 participants attended the BWI “Community Leaders Forum on Workers’ Welfare in the Construction and Allied Sectors” in Doha, Qatar.

Swiss NCP Commends BWI-FIFA productive dialogue on Qatar

On 5 June 2018, the Swiss National Compact Point (NCP) responsible for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises concluded its follow-up on the BWI complaint against FIFA that focused on the 2020 World Cup Games in Qatar.

New Report: FIFA’s foul play at the 2018 World Cup Russia

The BWI today launches a report that reveals serious violations of workers’ rights at the stadium construction sites for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Media Release: Asia-Pacific workers demand an end to savage attack on Exxon/UGL workers

Joint Media Release: The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and Public Services International (PSI) Asia Pacific Regional Organisations

New Centre for Sports and Human Rights

The goal of the new centre is to foster respect for human rights in relation to big sport events.

Migrant workers and their children exploited in Kazakhstan

A new report from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) finds evidence of widespread exploitation of both women, men, and children in forced labour.

Malaysia: Raids on migrant workers to resume

Less than two months after coming into power, the new Malaysian Government is preparing to resume raids on undocumented migrant workers on 1 July 2018.