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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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13 March 2018

Engineering & construction co. Jacobs commits to enhancing human rights program following acquisition of CH2M

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Report
8 March 2018

Qatar: Second independent audit of World Cup construction uncovers mixed company performance on migrant workers’ rights

Author: Impactt Limited (UK)

"Annual External Compliance Report of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy's Workers' Welfare Standards. Changing the game: towards real impacts for workers", February 2018....

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3 January 2018

UAE: Govt. training programme equips 20,000 migrant workers with information on employment rights, health & safety, and access to remedy

Author: Gulf News (UAE)

"20,000 workers undergo awareness sessions", 25 December 2017...

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31 December 2017

UAE: 24 construction companies awarded for labour welfare practices

Author: Sherouk Zakaria, Khaleej Times (UAE)

"Best labour welfare practices honoured at Taqdeer Awards", 19 December 2017...

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Story
13 November 2017

UAE: Labour abuse of migrant construction workers on Louvre Abu Dhabi revisited as museum opens to public

Related items: ILO investigation into Saadiyat Island labour abuses, United Arab Emirates Saadiyat, United Arab Emirates: Human Rights Watch says workers better protected but gaps remain

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30 October 2017

Qatar announces significant labour reforms for migrant workers, technical cooperation agreement with ILO; rights groups call for follow-through on implementation

On October 24 and 25, 2017 the government of Qatar announced, via its news agency, plans to establish a minimum wage for migrant workers and a “Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund” to ensure workers are paid overdue wages. One of the statements also...

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1 October 2017

Human Rights Watch urges Qatar & FIFA 2022 World Cup Organisers to reform heat protection regulations for migrant construction workers; includes FIFA response & Supreme Committee statement

In September 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report calling on the Qatari government to adopt and enforce laws to protect migrant construction workers from fatal heat-related illnesses. HRW also urged FIFA and national football associations...

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27 September 2017

Qatar labourer ‘sacked’ for speaking to UN team

Author: AFP

A Nepalese construction worker in Qatar was “sacked” the day after speaking to a UN delegation visiting [Qatar] to examine labour conditions. The incident is considered serious enough that the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) said it would...

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