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5 Feb 2018

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

SC and BWI publish first annual report on workers’ welfare progress

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, and the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers, today published the findings from a series of inspections carried out at four FIFA World Cup™ stadium sites during 2017...the [Joint Working Group] (JWG) met in Qatar six times during 2017, inspecting four different stadium construction sites and accommodation facilities. The JWG made recommendations to improve aspects of working and living conditions, such as better storage systems for workers’ harnesses, improving health record management and providing training for contractors’ medical staff. The SC is already working on all recommendations made in the JWG report. Areas that were singled out in the report as positives include the well-staffed occupational health clinics, and the Workers’ Welfare Forums (WWF), set up by the SC to encourage workers to speak openly about any issues they have in relation to their work or accommodation. The JWG recognised the importance of free and fair discussions in the WWFs, which are central element of the grievance mechanisms available to workers...