Unions closely monitor 2024 Paris Olympics, push for decent work inspections

08 December 2021 02:46

Building on the campaign for decent work in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, BWI trade union leaders from France, Romania, Ukraine and Japan met online on 5-6 December. In a “handover conference,” BWI leaders evaluated their campaign strategies on decent work in mega sports events, shared experiences and planned actions for the 2024 Paris Olympics.


SASK launches campaign on migrant workers’ rights

19 November 2021 06:06

SASK, the Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland, in cooperation with the BWI-affiliated Finnish Construction Trade Union (Rakennusliitto) launched a campaign to promote migrant workers’ rights in Qatar leading to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


Cambodia: BWTUC holds 4th Congress

10 November 2021 07:19

Last Sunday, 7 November, the BWI-affiliated Building and Woodworkers’ Trade Union Federation of Cambodia (BWTUC) held its 4th National Congress in the country’s province of Kampot. More than 35 delegates participated in the event amidst the continuing restrictions against in-person gatherings in the country.


Argentine and Catalonian unions ink cooperation agreement

05 November 2021 12:01

The Brick Industry Workers’ Union of the Republic of Argentina (UOLRA) and the General Workers’ Union FICA (UGT-FICA) in Catalonia signed a cooperation agreement on 25 October to strengthen their ties and mutual support for one another.


BWI celebrates life of YOL-IS General Secretary Tevfik Ozcelik

01 November 2021 13:19

BWI mourns the passing of Tevfik Ozcelik, General Secretary of the Turkish Union of Road, Construction and Building Workers (YOL-IS), last 31 October 2021 at the age of 76 after a battle with illness.


Expo2020: Migrant workers’ rights in UAE

26 October 2021 07:48

As Expo2020 opens in Dubai this month, serious violations of migrant workers’ rights continue in the UAE.


Azerbaijan ordered to pay workers victimised by human trafficking and forced labour

13 October 2021 13:33

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on 7 October handed its long-awaited verdict in favour of 33 Bosnians who sued Azerbaijan more than a decade ago for human trafficking and forced labour.


Congratulations to Ressa and Muratov for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize win

11 October 2021 12:01

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) congratulates journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.


BWI mourns death of Philippines’ human rights chair

11 October 2021 07:36

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) joins the Filipino people in mourning the passing of Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon.


BWI condemns fascist attack on CGIL headquarters in Rome

11 October 2021 05:40

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) strongly condemns the fascist attack against the headquarters of the General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) in Rome, Italy in the middle of massive protests against the country’s COVID-19 health pass system, which was hijacked by far-right groups.


Farewell, Nor Azlan Yaacob

04 October 2021 11:56

BWI mourns the passing of Brother Nor Azlan Yaacob, General Secretary of Timber Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia (TEUPM)last 2 October 2021. He was recovering from a heart and liver illness before his sudden demise. He was 58.


Global unions press UN to recognise Myanmar’s NUG

21 September 2021 06:26

As the United Nations hold its 76th General Assembly, global unions join hands in calling for the recognition of Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) as the legitimate government to represent the people and the state of Myanmar.


Global unions set international day of action to recognise Myanmar’s NUG

15 September 2021 14:45

The Council of Global Unions (CGU) will hold a Global Day of Action on 15 September to support the recognition of the National Unity Government (NUG) as the one and true government of the people of Myanmar.


BWI decries sedition charges against Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil organisers

14 September 2021 06:00

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), representing 12 million workers worldwide, joins the global community in condemning the filing of sedition charges against the leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance, known for organising the city’s famed annual vigil for victims of the deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.


Africa and Middle East: Unions assert Palestine's right to exist in peace

12 September 2021 15:56

BWI affiliates in Africa and Middle East condemned the violent attacks against the Palestinian people, asserting that Palestine has the right to exist in peace.


BWI on the arrest of KCTU Chair Yang Kyeung-soo

03 September 2021 05:12

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), representing 12 million workers worldwide, stands in solidarity with the South Korean workers in condemning the arrest of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Chairperson Yang Kyeung-soo.


ASEAN trade unionists and parliamentarians: Recognise Myanmar’s NUG

31 August 2021 03:53

With Myanmar still in the grip of a brutal military junta, the ASEAN +6 Regional Social Dialogue (ARSD) passed on 30 August a resolution calling for the restoration of democracy in the country to advance decent work.


Global union federations call for action to stop violence against Filipino trade unionists

26 August 2021 08:04

The undersigned Asia-Pacific Regional Organizations of the Global Union Federations (GUFs) express their grave concern that the killing of trade unionists and violence and threats of violence against organizers and trade union leaders continue to escalate in the Philippines.


BWI mourns passing of Roel de Vries, former IFBWW President

22 August 2021 15:56

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) is deeply saddened over the passing of former International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW) President Roel de Vries on 18 August 2021 in Ijsselstein, Netherlands. He had been ill for many weeks leading to the gradual deterioration of his health.


BWI condemns state harassment of Thai labour leaders

16 August 2021 06:04

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) joins different trade unions, social movements, political parties and other non-government organisations in the region in condemning the Thai government’s harassment of Building and Wood Industrial Council of Thailand (BWICT) leader Tanaporn Wijan and trade union leaders Suthila Leunkam, Sriprai Nonsee, and Sia Jampathong for exercising their freedom of expression and right to free assembly.


BWI: Lift the US embargo! Let Cuba live!

29 July 2021 03:56

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), representing 12 million workers worldwide, supports a United Nations Resolution passed by 184 countries on 21 June urging the United States to end its nearly 60 years of economic embargo against Cuba. BWI also joins the international community in calling US President Joe Biden to immediately revoke 243 new blockade measures implemented by the Trump administration, including the more than 50 measures which were imposed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


BWI on the Tokyo Olympics’ handling of COVID-19 and workers’ rights

22 July 2021 06:51

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), representing 12 million workers worldwide, adds its voice in urging the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics to seriously reconsider holding the international sporting event as a response to the emergence of the deadly Delta variant and Japan’s declaration of a new COVID-19 state of emergency covering the duration of the Olympics.


Unions and footballers unite for migrant workers' rights

16 July 2021 02:34

FIFPRO and Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) have signed a cooperation agreement that will give professional footballers concerned about human rights a platform to support the rights of vulnerable workers before, during and after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.


Dribble or goal? BWI pushes for proposals to complete labour reforms in Qatar

15 July 2021 08:35

BWI holds a press conference on 15 July and releases its 2021 Progress Report on the collective journey of migrant workers, global unions and other actors and stakeholders in their quest for the recognition and fulfillment of human and labour rights in Qatar.


BWI to release report on labour rights in Qatar

14 July 2021 03:54

With 16 months to go before Qatar hosts the 2022 World Cup, BWI will hold a press conference on 15 July to publicly release its 2021 Progress Report on the collective journey of migrant workers, global unions and other actors and stakeholders in their quest for the recognition and fulfillment of human and labour rights in Qatar.


"The fight for democracy continues," An interview with a Burmese trade union leader

25 June 2021 05:48

Last 18 June, UN1A, the biggest trade union in Switzerand, interviewed Phyo Sandar, Assistant General Secretary of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM). UN1A and Sandar talked about the latest political and economic developments in Myanmar since the military staged a coup, the current status of the Burmese people’s struggle for democracy and the role of the international community, particularly the global trade movement, in helping return the country to the path of democracy and civilian rule.


New EU sanctions imposed on Burmese personalities and entities linked to military coup

22 June 2021 09:41

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) lauded the European Union (EU) for imposing a third round of sanctions against Burmese politicians, personalities and entities linked to the military junta.


BWI welcomes ILO’s call for Myanmar's return to democracy

22 June 2021 09:31

On the occasion of its annual global conference, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 19 June issued a resolution calling for the restoration of democracy and civilian rule in Myanmar.


BWI to ILO: Stop treating thugs and outlaws as legitimate

18 June 2021 02:19

Speech of BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson before the International Labor Conference, Virtual, 9 June 2021


India: Union calls for creation of welfare board for migrant workers

17 June 2021 05:10

The BWI-affiliated Thamizhaga Kattida Thozhilalargal Madhiya Sangam (TKTMS) and the state-level Migrant Workers Rights Coalition (MWRC) urged the Non-Resident Tamils’ (NRT) Welfare Department to constitute the long-delayed NRT Board as mandated by the NRT Act of 2011 to protect the rights of Tamil migrant workers.


Belgium: Unions and football association agree to a platform to monitor Qatar’s migrant workers

09 June 2021 10:13

BWI’s Belgian trade union affiliates on 7 June met with the Royal Belgian Football Association (URBSFA) in Brussels to discuss ways on how the latter can help in promoting migrant workers’ rights and improving their working and living conditions, especially those working in Qatar.


Norwegian footballers want fair play for migrant workers

08 June 2021 07:41

17 months before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, players and members of the Norwegian football team and the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) wore t-shirts bearing the message “fair play for migrant workers” before its game against Greece on 6 June.


General Secretary Report 2021 (Spanish and Portuguese subtitles)

03 June 2021 06:03

Leading to BWI's World Council Meetings on 7-8 June, we are happy to release the Spanish and Portuguese versions of the BWI General Secretary Report for 2021.


Governments should recognise the National Unity Government in Burma

31 May 2021 04:34

Seeking national unity and the return of democratic reforms gives hope. However, hope that is not nourished will die. National governments and international organisations, by recognising the NUG, can feed that hope and help make a bright future possible for the people of Burma.


Global unions detail labour rights abuses by Burmese military junta

26 May 2021 08:42

Global Union Federations actively working in the Asia-Pacific region released a factsheet on the worsening labour rights situation in military-ruled Myanmar. It details the widespread labour rights abuses of the military junta since its appalling power grab last February.


Myanmar unions: Unseat military junta’s ILO representative

19 May 2021 08:25

In the spirit of its World Board Resolution adopted on 27 April, BWI joined the Council of Global Unions (CGU) in expressing its commitment to the Burmese trade unions’ call to unseat the military junta’s representative in the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which will be having its annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in June.


BWI condemns Israeli violence in East Jerusalem

14 May 2021 09:28

BWI adds its voice to the growing international condemnation of the violence committed by the Israeli government in occupied East Jerusalem over the past few days and extends solidarity to the people of Palestine that have been subjected to systematic violence Israeli.


Release the KFCITU 8!

10 May 2021 12:15

BWI received reports that eight (8) members of the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions (KFCITU) have been arrested and imprisoned.


BWI expresses concern over El Salvador’s removal of judges, Attorney General

10 May 2021 03:47

BWI expressed its serious concerns regarding the El Salvadoran government’s removal of the magistrates of the Supreme Court's constitutional chamber and the Attorney General.


Byggnads lauds Swedish footballers' support for migrant workers

03 May 2021 01:25

As more and more national football teams and players voice out their support for migrant workers’ rights leading to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Byggnads Chairperson Johan Lindholm welcomed the athletes’ growing awareness over the plight of migrant workers, especially those who laboured in the construction of the tournament’s infrastructure.


German football team commits to promote labour rights in 2022 World Cup

27 April 2021 09:29

Germany’s National football Team (DFB) has just issued a statement on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In its position paper, DFB said that it is committed to respecting all internationally recognised human rights, especially in the context of international matches and tournaments. It said that sports can build bridges to promote human rights.


Indonesian unionists express solidarity with Myanmar during ASEAN meeting

26 April 2021 10:32

BWI-affiliated SERBUK and different social movements and cause-oriented organisations staged a solidarity action for Myanmar in time for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Meeting on 24 April which was hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta.


BWI calls for release of Burmese labour leader

26 April 2021 09:10

BWI condemns without reservation and in the strongest terms the arrest of Burmese trade union leader Mi Mi Aung by the military junta. Mi Mi Aung, who is the finance officer of the Hmawbe Brick Factory Union, an affiliate of the Building and Wood Workers Federation of Myanmar (BWFM), was reportedly arrested at her residence in Hmawbe.


BWI General Secretary Report 2021

26 April 2021 08:10

BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson reports on how trade unions have become "beacons of hope" amidst a global health crisis. He outlines BWI's call for safe and efficient vaccines for all workers, decent jobs and wages, and a sustainable, progressive and worker-responsive economic recovery program to not only to win the battle against COVID-19, but also win the war for a new and better world.


Blog: A call for urgent action on Myanmar

21 April 2021 05:27

Trade unions have been fundamental to building functioning democracies for over a century. Trade unions can only fully and freely function in democracies. It is also true that democracy cannot be complete without trade unions. In other words, there are no trade unions without democracy, and no democracy without trade unions.


Hong Kong labour leader, four others imprisoned for democracy rally

20 April 2021 07:33

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) General Secretary Lee Cheuk Yan and four other democracy leaders received prison sentences for organising and participating in a pro-democracy rally in 2019 which was deemed illegal under Hong Kong’s new National Security Law.


BWI backs Myanmar’s National Unity Government

19 April 2021 02:54

The Building and Woodworkers International (BWI), representing 12 million workers worldwide, supported the creation of Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) as a counter to the country’s brutal military junta.


Qatar Report (GS Report 2021)

18 April 2021 13:11

Qatar Report (GS Report 2021)


International Migrant Workers’ Day (GS Report 2021)

18 April 2021 11:07

International Migrant Workers’ Day (GS Report 2021)


Labour Rights and FIFA (GS Report 2021)

18 April 2021 10:02

Labour Rights and FIFA (GS Report 2021)


BWI shares best practices at Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment

15 April 2021 14:56

Sharing various initiatives to promote the responsible recruitment of migrant workers in Qatar’s construction industry, BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson called on the country’s hospitality industry, particularly hotels that will be used for the 2022 World Cup, to adopt measures that will secure labour rights.


Philippines Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)

15 April 2021 12:05

Philippines Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)


Myanmar Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)

15 April 2021 11:57

Myanmar Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)


Hong Kong Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)

15 April 2021 11:52

Hong Kong Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)


Belarus Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)

15 April 2021 11:48

Belarus Solidarity Action (GS Report 2021)


BWI to World Cup football teams: Support enforcement of labour reforms in Qatar

12 April 2021 09:35

BWI lauded the German national football team for its strong public support for migrant workers’ rights after its players displayed the words “human rights” spelled out across the t-shirts they wore when they lined up during their qualifying match against Iceland in March.


Hong Kong convicts labour leader, several others

05 April 2021 02:42

A court in Hong Kong convicted Lee Cheuk Yan, General Secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), and several others for organising and taking part in a democracy rally deemed illegal by the Chinese Special Administrative Region’s National Security Law.


BWI condemns killing of Burmese youth leader

31 March 2021 07:45

The Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) strongly condemns the murder of trade union and youth leader Chan Myae Kyaw at the hands of Myanmar’s brutal military regime.


Global unions decry breakdown of democracy in Haiti

25 March 2021 13:29

“There is a breakdown of democracy in Haiti.” This was how the Council of Global Unions (CGU) described the deteriorating political situation in Haiti.


Donate to the Myanmar Strike Fund!

25 March 2021 08:52

The Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) appeal to your kind hearts to donate generously to the “Myanmar Strike Fund” intended to sustain and strengthen the Burmese trade unionists’ struggle for democracy against the country’s brutal military junta.


BWI reiterates support for Belarusian unions as they mark Freedom Day

25 March 2021 07:36

BWI, representing 12 million workers worldwide, stands in solidarity with the Belarusian people, especially the trade unionists and workers, as they mark Belarus' Freedom Day on 25 March. We join them as they continue their struggle for democracy. We add our voices in calling for an end to state violence and repression, particularly those committed against trade unions, the release of all political prisoners and the conduct of new and fair elections.


BWI meets Belarusian opposition leader

16 March 2021 08:17

Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya met with BWI and fellow global labour unions on 10 March in Switzerland as part of efforts to build international pressure for strongman Alexander Lukashenko to relinquish power.


Farewell, Jamaluddin Mat Isa

15 March 2021 09:08

Jamaluddin Mat Isa, former General Secretary (1964 – 1991) of the Malay Forest Officers Union Malaysia (MFOU), passed away peacefully on 15 March 2021 at the age of 85.


Support the Mauritian trade unions!

12 March 2021 12:48

BWI expresses it full solidarity and support to the Construction Metal Wooden and Related Industries Employees Union (CMWEU) and the Confederation des Travailleurs des Secteurs Publique et Privé (CTSP) which were sued by the Hyvec Construction Ltd. in retaliation for simply fulfilling their roles in protecting the rights and welfare of workers.


Court annuls Lula's convictions

12 March 2021 04:08

A Brazilian court on 8 March has cleared criminal convictions against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, opening the window for the popular trade union leader to run in next year’s presidential election.


European Commission imposes sanctions on Myanmar’s military junta

12 March 2021 03:16

In the latest international efforts to support the Burmese people’s struggle for democracy, the European Commission (EC) reprotedly imposed sanctions on military-owned companies in Myanmar operating in the timber industry.


BWI supports the Burmese trade unions’ extended general strike

09 March 2021 06:01

BWI expresses its full support for the extended nationwide work stoppage launched on 8 March by Myanmar’s different trade unions and the broad Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) to defend democracy from the military junta.


BWI joins call to freeze IFI loans linked to Myanmar’s junta  

23 February 2021 09:32

BWI joins over 200 civil society organisations in urging international financial institutions (IFIs) to immediately freeze loans and other financial assistance linked to the military junta amounting to an estimated USD 11 Billion.


Video: Support the Burmese workers’ general strike for democracy!

21 February 2021 17:36

On 22 February (Monday), Myanmar's biggest trade unions and multitude of workers will launch a nationwide general strike to defend democracy from the military junta. Millions are expected to join the strike dubbed as the "Five Twos" revolution (22.2.2021).


BWI’s open letter to Military Attaches in the Embassies of Myanmar

16 February 2021 12:24

Myanmar’s military’s attaches have the opportunity to change the course of Myanmar’s history. We call on them to reject the military junta and join the people in holding it accountable. We call on them to be the genuine army of the Myanmar people. We call on them to defend their people and country’s democracy.


ILO: Respect freedom of association and restore democratic order in Myanmar

10 February 2021 17:00

The International Labour Organization (ILO) expressed grave concern over the situation in Myanmar, following the removal of the civilian government by the military.


PEFC on the current situation in Myanmar

10 February 2021 13:50

PEFC is extremely concerned about the recent developments in Myanmar. In response, it is seeking assurances from the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC - the national member for PEFC in Myanmar) and the one PEFC chain of custody certified company in the country that the rights of workers and trade unions are not being infringed.


Global unions ramp up pressure to isolate Myanmar military junta

10 February 2021 02:09

Ten Global Unions representing more than 200 million workers from across the world call on unions globally to ramp up pressure on governments and corporations to target the commercial interests of the Myanmar military junta.


BWI and EFBWW call on European authorities to take action vs. Myanmar’s military

09 February 2021 13:13

BWI and EFBWWW, representing more than 12 million workers, including 2 million workers in the construction, woodworking and forestry across the world and in Europe, are calling on the European authorities and institutions to take immediate and urgent action to put pressure on Myanmar’s military junta and its commercial interests.


Join the Global Noise Barrage for Myanmar!

08 February 2021 14:29

Make noise for democracy in Myanmar! t Join the Council of Global Unions' (CGU) Global Noise Barrage on 11 February.


BWI to Myanmar military: Submit to civilian rule

01 February 2021 10:10

BWI joins the world in condemning Myanmar’s military for staging a coup that led to the detention of senior government officials as well as leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD).


The future of labour reforms in Qatar

27 January 2021 11:37

“The future is in implementation.” This was the consensus of the key actors pushing for labour reforms in Qatar at a forum hosted by BWI’s two-day Global Sports Conference on labour rights and the 2022 FIFA World Cup held November of last year.


Workers’ voices and safety in the time of COVID-19

27 January 2021 11:37

Ensuring workers’ health and safety are core issues that trade unions consistently fight for. With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a growing and vocal clamour for a new way of working through strengthened health and safety measures at the workplaces.


The Qatar experience: The power of social dialogue

27 January 2021 11:37

Social dialogue is one of the many tools utilised by BWI in advancing labour rights. This is all the more true with the global union’s efforts to advance migrant workers’ rights in Qatar.


Journey from opposition to shared commitment

27 January 2021 11:37

Last year, BWI held a successful two-day Global Sports Conference on labour rights and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The conference showcased exciting sessions that discussed various issues and concerns on migrant workers’ rights. One of these was a session that went over BWI’s cooperation with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) on labour rights in Qatar in the context of the World Cup 2020.


BWI: Vaccines for all migrant workers

19 January 2021 07:55

BWI asserted that all migrant workers should have access to the safest and most effective vaccines against COVID-19.


Democracy demands vigilance

18 January 2021 13:20

Trade union defence of democracy is fundamental. Trade unions require the oxygen of democracy if they are to flourish. If democracy is to live and thrive, trade unions will join with others to make that happen.


BMKQ leads fight for women empowerment in Qatar

18 January 2021 06:01

Women members of the for Bayanihan ng mga Manggagawa sa Konstruksyon ng  Qatar (BMKQ) are paving the way for gender equality among migrant workers in the Middle East.


BWI condemns arrest of HKCTU Chair Carol Ng and 50 others

07 January 2021 12:44

BWI condemns in the strongest possible terms the arrest of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) Chairperson Carol Ng and at least 50 other democracy activists under Hong Kong’s national security law (NSL).


Justice for the victims of the Kep, Cambodia building collapse!

06 January 2021 11:23

On 3 January 2020, a building being constructed in Kep, Cambodia collapsed, killing 36 workers. Already a year on, there has been zero justice and accountability.


BWI General Secretary’s New Year Message

05 January 2021 04:30

As we start 2021, I take this opportunity to send best wishes to you for the New Year and reaffirm the commitment of BWI to global solidarity as we take on the challenges that are being carried forward from 2020 and the new ones that we will face in 2021.


BWI and IOE statement on strengthening migrant workers' social protection systems

18 December 2020 06:22

On International Migrants Day, IOE and BWI publish a joint statement on the essential role of migrant workers during the pandemic and the need to provide greater social protection to them in these uncertain times.


Action Alert: International Migrant Workers’ Day

17 December 2020 02:45

The Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) are jointly commemorating International Migrant Workers Day on 18 December under the theme ‘We are all Migrants’.


BWI Year End Video: Song of Solidarity

16 December 2020 11:15

Singing the popular song “Bella Ciao,” BWI affiliates from different parts of the world expressed solidarity to workers worldwide as trade unions collectively fight the pandemic build a better future.


BWI welcomes progress by International Olympic Committee

08 December 2020 09:38

BWI, as part of its long-standing sports and decent work campaign, has defended the rights and conditions of construction workers involved in building facilities for Olympic Games just as we have with FIFA facilitates.


Kyrgyzstan: Stop pressure on trade unions

01 December 2020 08:21

Support the demand of the trade unions by sending a message of protest to the President, Government and Parliament of Kyrgyzstan.


Trade unionism is not a crime, activists are not terrorists

30 November 2020 07:03

CGU Statement on the Day of Action in the Philippines


European unions express support for Kyrgyzstani and Swedish workers

24 November 2020 03:32

BWI’s European Regional Committee (ERC) extended its full support and solidarity to Kyrgystani and Swedish trade unionists who are in the middle of important fights to defend labour rights.


Rescued stranded Indian workers finally home

20 November 2020 12:42

After BWI’s Indian and Romanian trade union affiliates joined hands in helping six stranded Indian migrant workers in Romania, the said workers were finally repatriated and returned to their home state of Tamil Nadu on 16 November.


CGU Webinar: Workers’ Quest for Justice

19 November 2020 03:54

The Council of Global Unions (CGU) will discuss the latest human rights developments in the Philippines, especially with the issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the anti-worker Terror Law, and how unions can utilise international instruments to force the Duterte government to uphold and respect human and trade union rights.


BWI congratulates US trade unions on election win

10 November 2020 13:42

BWI, through its General Secretary Ambet Yuson, joins its American trade union affiliates in celebrating their historic electoral victory, which it hopes will create ripples of positive change worldwide and build the ecessary momentum to defend democracy, promote gender equality and secure human and trade union rights against the spread of authoritarian populism. 


BWI releases paper on Europe’s migration flow

28 October 2020 13:27

As part of its contribution in analysing the migration flow in Europe before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, BWI released a discussion paper to identify the main migration trends in the region which would serve as guideposts for trade unions to pursue better policies to protect migrant workers’ rights.


Workers’ action bulletins highlight strength and resilience

22 October 2020 02:32

"We may be observing physical distancing, but workers will never be distant from one another.” This was the statement issued by BWI Latin American and Carribean Representative Nilton Fretias after BWI-affiliated trade unions in the region released two series of “workers’ action bulletins” in August.


Video: Global unions say no to dictatorship in the Philippines

21 September 2020 07:34

As Filipino workers mark Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law 48 years ago, Global Unions add their voices in opposing the draconian Anti-Terror Law an condemning the massive human rights abuses under the Duterte regime.


BWI welcomes EU parliament’s resolution vs. human rights abuses in the Philippines

18 September 2020 14:34

BWI welcomed the passage of a European Parliament resolution expressing deep concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte.


CGU on EU Parliament’s resolution on Philippine rights abuses

18 September 2020 08:55

The CGU welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament (EP) of the “resolution on the situation in the Philippines, including the case of Maria Ressa”. The resolution provides examples of the degeneration of democracy, gross violations of human rights, and rampant violence and intimidation during the rule of President Duterte.


BWI unions reach out to stranded Indian migrants in Romania

11 September 2020 02:48

In another example of working class solidarity and cooperation, BWI’s trade union affiliates in India and Romania joined hands in working with authorities to help Indian migrant workers, who were reportedly stranded in the European state.


BWI: Build hope in Beirut

08 September 2020 06:41

This was the message sent by BWI to all its affiliates, partners, allies and friends as it encouraged them to donate to the people of Beirut, especially its workers, who were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and a prolonged economic crisis that decimated millions of jobs, and recently, a social unrest that was triggered by the catastrophic Beirut explosion that injured and killed many people.


BWI and EFBWW support Belarus workers’ strike against election fraud

01 September 2020 13:40

BWI, on behalf of its 12 million trade union members worldwide, and EFBWW, representing 2 million trade union members from 34 European countries, express their solidarity with the brave trade unionists and workers of Belarus who went on strike and organised different forms of democratic and peaceful actions to protest against the alleged massive electoral fraud in their country.


Qatar: BWI welcomes important progress for workers' rights

01 September 2020 05:11

BWI welcomes landmark achievements in Qatar that were signed into law on 30 August 2020; introducing a minimum wage for migrant workers and allowing them to change jobs without requiring their employers’ permission to do so.


Solidarity for Democracy in Belarus

01 September 2020 04:53

For more than 20 days people in Belarus have been protesting massive electoral fraud. Peaceful protestors have endured violence and repression and many have been arrested. Workers in Belarus joined the growing democratic movement and went on strike, organising protest actions to demand an end to the violence and new elections in the country.


COVID-19 worsens plight of Ukrainian migrant workers

26 August 2020 04:39

With the COVID-19 pandemic worsening the plight of many Ukrainian migrant workers in EU countries, PROFBUD, the construction workers union of Ukraine held a multi-stakeholder conference on 19 August in Odessa to discuss and address the situation.


BWI supports Belarus workers’ strike against election fraud

18 August 2020 11:43

BWI, on behalf of its 12 million trade union members worldwide, expresses its full solidarity and support to Belarus’ brave trade unionists and workers who went on strike and launched massive peaceful actions to protest the alleged massive electoral fraud in their country.


BWI Solidarity Statement on the Beirut Explosion

07 August 2020 01:47

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) expresses its sympathies to the Lebanese people on the recent tragedy arising from the explosion at the Beirut Port on Tuesday 4 August 2020.


BWI supports urgent justice mechanism for pandemic-affected migrant workers

24 July 2020 05:38

To address the plight of millions of migrant workers who have been repatriated or are awaiting repatriation as a result of pandemic-induced unemployment, BWI endorsed the call of a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) and trade unions for an “urgent justice mechanism” to respond to the migrant crisis.


Empowering Migrant Voices: A Global Webinar

06 July 2020 10:59

BWI-affiliated migrant workers and organizations will talk about the challenges and lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic to the world of migrant work.


BWI denounces Israel's annexation plan

02 July 2020 13:33

BWI denounces the American Peace Plan (Deal of the Century). It is an unwelcome intervention that is a departure from the rules and principles of international law and disregards internationally accepted processes.


2019 BWI-SC JWG Report on Joint Inspections in Qatar Released

03 March 2020 09:45

Every year since joint inspections began in Qatar based on the memorandum of Understanding signed in late 2016 between BWI and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar, established for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Joint Working Group (JWG) has made a report.


BWI – IG Metall Meeting on IFAs

10 February 2020 07:13

Nuremberg, Germany: BWI – IG Metall Annual Coordination Meeting on the implementation of International Framework Agreements


USA: Wendt Workers wins first contract

17 October 2019 11:45

Workers at Wendt Corporation, a plant based in Buffalo New York succeeded in winning their two-year fight for a collective bargaining agreement. The workers joined the Ironworkers Union (Local 576) in 2017 and they have been battling the management for its first contract. Finally, this past August the union and the management agreed to an agreement after nearly 60 sessions of negotiations. During the negotiations the Wendt management harassed union members and threatened to lay-off workers.


BWI demands labor inspection for Tokyo Olympic sites

07 October 2019 08:12

The global union federation BWI has today released a second report highlighting how Tokyo 2020 construction workers lives are still at risk, while rampant subcontracting is putting downward pressure on workers’ wages.


Qatar: Video focuses on the election of Workers’ Committee Representatives at QDVC/VINCI

03 October 2019 14:17

The video highlighting the election process of QDVC’s Workers’ Welfare Committee (WWC) was released today.


Russia: Decent Work for Forestry Workers Campaign is launched

19 September 2019 10:12

Russia: Decent Work for Forestry Workers Campaign is launched


El Salvador: LafargeHolcim hinders and attacks the union

17 April 2019 10:37

In June 2018, at the Holcim El Salvador plant in Metapán in the north of El Salvador, eight leaders from the first Board of Directors of SICCA [Union for the Cement Industry and Allied Workers] were dismissed the day after having presented the union to the Ministry of Labour.


IKEA Workers in Russia build trade union organization

12 February 2019 10:23

From 4 to 9 February, the Russian Timber Workers’ Trade Union (RTWU) ran an organizing drive at an IKEA factory in Tikhvin, Russia.



09 October 2018 08:27

News related to Tokyo


Tokyo 2020: Forum for Decent Work

03 October 2018 21:01

On 28 September the BWI and its Japanese Affiliates Council (BWI-JAC) held an international forum looking at the risks to human rights involved in the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.


New Centre for Sports and Human Rights

27 June 2018 07:22

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


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

27 June 2018 06:42

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


2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: In Memory of 21 Killed Workers

14 June 2018 09:57

Today, on the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the BWI and its 12 million members around the world express condolences to the families of the twenty-one construction workers who died during construction of World Cup stadiums.


FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board releases update

12 June 2018 10:10

New advice to FIFA on the World Cup 2018 and 2026 Bid Evaluation


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

07 June 2018 11:26

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.


Swiss NCP Commends BWI-FIFA productive dialogue on Qatar

05 June 2018 22:30

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.


MAY DAY 2018: Community Leaders Forum in Qatar

07 May 2018 15:26

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.


BWI leads tripartite International Workers’ Memorial Day in Qatar

29 April 2018 08:55

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.


BWI and KFCITU release joint report on construction worker rights violations at PyeongChang 2018

09 February 2018 11:19

Today, as the 2018 Winter Olympics begin in PyeongChang, South Korea, the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions (KFCITU) have released a joint report outlining violations of construction workers’ rights throughout the Olympic construction process.


BWI Leaders Meet FIFA Secretary General Samoura

16 March 2017 15:53

A Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) delegation met this week with FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura who was appointed by the FIFA Council at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico. Representing BWI were: Ambet Yuson, General Secretary; Johan Lindholm Byggnads, Sweden; Dietmar Schaefers, IG BAU, Germany; Pierre Cuppens, ACV-CSC, Belgium; Steinar Krogstad, Fellesforbundet, Norway; Gail Cartmail and Jim Kennedy, UNITE; UK.


Initial Statement by FIFA’s New Independent Human Rights Advisory Board March 16, 2017

16 March 2017 15:33

The FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board which includes Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI met this week and issued the following statement:

We welcomed our first day and a half of substantive discussions with the FIFA Administration, including the Secretary-General, about FIFA’s human rights responsibilities. It was an important opportunity to establish a general understanding of FIFA’s human rights efforts to date, and it was a forthright and frank discussion.




First BWI-SC Joint Inspection Conducted in Qatar

08 February 2017 16:00

The first joint inspections on 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ projects have been carried out by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers.


New white papers highlight connection between MSEs and human rights

02 February 2017 06:27

The Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform) published the ‘Sporting Chance’ White Papers, a series of 11 white papers on the interaction between MSEs and human rights.


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News related to Qatar


Statement on International Migrants Day

19 December 2016 04:44

According to the International Labour Organization there are over 150 million migrants in the global workforce. Migrant workers are essential part of the global economy and without them, entire economies would collapse.


BWI Action Alert!!! Stop Attacks against Trade Unions in South Korea: Drop All Charges against Union Leaders

19 July 2016 07:27

On 2 June 2016, 15 members of the Tower Crane Operators Branch of the Korean Construction Workers Union (KCWU) affiliated to the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Union (KFCITU), BWI’s affiliate in South Korea, were found guilty under the criminal charges of “blackmail” and “obstruction of business” for merely engaging in collective bargaining negotiations.


Studies & Publications

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Conventions & Guides

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Still too many multinationals are operating without respecting international labour standards and many governments are only interested in attracting investments.


Migrant Workers

Supporting migrant workers remains key as they are paid low wages, and are not covered by social and labour legislation.



Mobilizing globally for decent living and working conditions for all workers employed in relation to mega sports events is essential.



Signing our protest messages to anti-democratic governments or anti-union companies will help trade unionists in many countries as they continue to face imprisonment, dismissal and discrimination.