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17 March 2019

Expanding 2022 World Cup to other Gulf countries carries human & labour rights risks, warn rights groups

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4 March 2019

Institute for Human Rights & Business publishes 3 business briefings on migrant workers, relating to accommodation, wages & payslips and trade unions

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4 March 2019

UAE: Almost 80% of respondents in construction industry poll say local legislation should go further to protect labour rights of migrant workers

Author: Mehak Srivastava, MEED (UAE)

MEED’s construction industry survey polled opinion on labour welfare legislation, especially for migrant workers, and found that the majority of respondents were of the view that the law could go further....

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26 February 2019

SC and BWI publish second workers' welfare progress report

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the tournament infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, and global trade union Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), have...

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25 February 2019

Modern slavery and the hotel industry: Best practice guidance for franchising

Author: Liberty Shared & Orrick

In response to growing awareness and legislation, many companies have adopted policies in an attempt to eradicate Modern Slavery. Certain industries, however, remain  “hot-spots” for human rights abuses, such as the hotel industry, and in particular...

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21 February 2019

Blog: Engineers Against Poverty looks at the role of govts and clients in addressing late payment in construction

Author: Jill Wells, Engineers Against Poverty (UK)

[L]engthy contractual chains...facilitate payment abuse. Money withheld at the upper reaches of the contractual supply chain causes serious problems for participants further down...who suffer the longest delays and are the least able to mitigate their...

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12 February 2019

A supply chain of complicity: Labour exploitation in Qatar and migrant workers' access to justice

Author: Linde Bryk, Legal Advisor, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

…Forced labour is a global phenomenon that often goes hand in hand with transnational business activities and long labour supply chains. Forced labour risks are particularly high in sectors that rely on outsourcing their operations, such as the...

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12 February 2019

Amnesty International finds Qatar falling short on labour reforms ahead of World Cup; FIFA calls for additional progress, govt. reiterates commitment

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Article
10 January 2019

Abu Dhabi to provide financial assistance to unpaid workers involved in labour disputes

Author: Shireena Al Nowaism, The National (UAE)

"Abu Dhabi court to provide basic services to unpaid workers caught in legal disputes", 10 Decemebr 2018...

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7 January 2019

UAE: 31 companies awarded for their labour welfare performance

Author: Sherouk Zakaria, Khaleej Times

"31 firms star-rated for labour welfare initiatives", 17 December 2018...

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