Qatar improves labour conditions in 2022 World Cup sites
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers, that will see them conduct joint labour and accommodation inspections on World Cup projects in Qatar from January 2017.
The MoU, which was officially signed in Qatar at the SC’s Doha headquarters by SC Secretary General, Hassan Al Thawadi, and BWI’s General Secretary, Ambet Yuson, will cover construction site and accommodation inspections, training and a review of the SC’s current grievance mechanisms. “Signing this partnership with BWI is a major step for the Supreme Committee which demonstrates our commitment to the health and safety of our workers”, Al-Thawadi was quoted as saying. Ambet Yuson said: “This is an important step to build on the mechanisms currently in place which ensure workers’ safety on projects directly related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”
The agreement will initially last for one year. The joint inspections will initially focus on projects that are being built by multinational companies that are headquartered in countries where BWI currently has representation. To date the companies that fall under the agreement are from Austria, Belgium, Italy, India, and Cyprus. All of those countries have currently citizens employed on SC projects.