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15 Nov 2016

Building and Woodworker's International (Switzerland)

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and BWI sign MoU for joint inspections on 2022 FIFA World Cup projects

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™...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...[T]he MoU...will cover construction site and accommodation inspections, training and a review of the SC’s current grievance mechanisms. 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...[T]he companies that fall under the agreement are from Austria, Belgium, Italy, India, and Cyprus...[T]he SC and BWI will form a Joint Working Group (JWG) that will manage the inspections and reporting obligations. The JWG will meet to review the work that has been done to date and produce an independent report that will be released to the public after every JWG meeting...BWI will also conduct health and safety training for the SC and its contractors working on World Cup projects that fall under the agreement...The SC currently has eight construction sites underway across Qatar and just under 10,000 workers on-site at any given time.