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8 Apr 2020

COVID-19 & Risks to Migrant Workers in Qatar & the UAE: Company comments

Since we published the report, Laing O'Rourke, Vinci/ QDVC and Salini Impreglio replied to us providing more information. More company comments relating to our briefing will be added as they are received.

  • Laing O'Rourke informed us that they are continuing to pay workers who have been in self-isolation a full salary
  • Vinci/QDVC included more information including that they have taken to install a COVID-19 Steering Committee and COVID-19 points of contact on all projects. Additionally, they have identified workers who are most at risk from the virus and are taking them off project sites while continuing to pay them full wages. They confirmed that their workers are housed in four person rooms, allowing for 6 square metres of space per room occupant. 
  • Salini Impreglio provided further information regarding room size and specifications, that they are carrying our daily sanitation measures and conducting awareness raising. They are also impementing social distancing measures and informed us that no workers will have contracts terminated and that those in quarantine/ isolation are being paid wages in full. They have demobilised workers more likely to suffer the worst effects of Covid-19.
  • The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy provided us with a statement clarifying the remit of their responsibilities, and points that we had raised on workers' accommodation, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and worker nutrition.