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[PDF] Race to the bottom: Exploitation of migrant workers ahead of Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 1 February 2013

...As this report documents, dozens of...workers suffered abuse and exploitation while employed on key Olympic venues. This report is based on in-depth interviews with 66 migrant workers who...were employed in construction...on Olympic and other sites in Sochi. Migrant workers said employers subjected them to a range of abuses and exploitation, including: failing to pay full wages, excessively delaying payment of wages, and in some cases failing to pay any wages at all; withholding identity documents, such as passports and work permits; failing to provide employment contracts, or failure to respect terms of a contract; and requiring excessive working hours and providing little time off. In many cases, employer-provided housing was overcrowded, and employer-provided meals were inadequate. In several cases...employers retaliated against foreign migrant workers who protested against abuses by denouncing them to the authorities, resulting in the workers’ expulsion from Russia. [refers to State Corporation Olympstroy, Engeocom Association, Botta Management Group AG, LLC RogSibAl [part of Glavstroy], Basic Element, STRABAG SE, Construction Technology Transfer Center “Omega”, Inzhtransstroy Corporation, SU-45, KubanStroyInvest [owned by Snegiri Development], MonArch, Novii Gorod]

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