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Latest news & responses: Outreach to construction firms in Qatar and the UAE

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26 November 2018

Qatar: Details behind death of Nepalese worker on World Cup stadium remain unknown months later

In August 2018, 23-year-old Tej Narayan Tharu from Nepal died following a worksite accident at Al Wakrah Stadium. World Cup organisers, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, launched an investigation into the accident saying "further details...

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28 September 2018

Qatar: Government and FIFA respond to Amnesty International investigation into labour abuse of MENA Mercury migrant construction workers; company has not responded

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4 September 2018

Qatar: Labour abuse reported at World Cup sites and infrastructure projects, internal investigations underway

Author: Anchal Vohra, DW

"Is Qatar failing to deliver on its World Cup promises?", 30 August 2018...

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28 August 2018

Arabtec Group's first sustainability report covers worker health & safety, welfare and responsible supply chains

Arabtec has...released it first sustainability report...covering the 2017 economic, social and environmental performance of the Group’s three main operating companies; Arabtec Construction, Target Engineering Construction Company, and Emirates Falcon...

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17 August 2018

SC Statement on incident at Al Wakrah Stadium

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

[On] Tuesday 14 August, a 23-year-old man from Nepal lost his life while working at the Al Wakrah Stadium project site. His next of kin has been informed and the relevant Qatari and Nepali authorities have been notified. An investigation has been...

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3 July 2018

Building Responsibly Announces Worker Welfare Principles

Building Responsibly...has developed a set of Worker Welfare Principles that establish a common, global baseline for the treatment of workers in the engineering and construction industry. [They] were developed in consultation with a diverse set of...

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26 June 2018

UAE: Construction company launches training initiative for upgrading worker skills

Author: Sam Bridge, Arabian Business

"UAE construction firm launches academy to upskill workers", 13 June 2018...

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22 May 2018

Qatar: 1,200 migrant workers at HKH General Contracting without pay for several months; no response from companies

HKH General Contracting has reportedly failed to pay 1,200 migrant workers their salaries since September 2017. According to Migrant Rights, employees living in company housing lost access to running water and electricity for several weeks. They have...

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19 March 2018

UAE: Local construction company recognised for commitments to ethical supply chain management and health & safety

Author: Al Naboodah Group Enterprises, Zawya

"Al Naboodah Group Enterprises awarded the most Sustainable Business Model at the Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards 2018", 13 March 2018...

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17 March 2018

Qatar: Local World Cup organiser working with contractors to pay back recruitment fees to migrant workers

Author: Anthony Harwood, Global Construction Review

By the end of March more than 5,500 people from across South Asia, a third of the workforce, will be reimbursed money they paid to middlemen who hired them to work in [Qatar]. The Doha government is negotiating with its contractors in the hope that...

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