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Report lambasts construction's failure to tackle worker abuse in the Gulf

Author: The Construction Index (UK), Published on: 5 December 2016

Construction companies have been too slow to react to the plight of vulnerable and desperate migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE, says a new report. Companies...are failing to protect workers from abusive working arrangements and there is lack of transparency on safeguards that they do have in place, says Business & Human Rights Resource Centre...The Centre, which is dedicated to advancing human rights in business and eradicating abuse, surveyed 100 construction companies operating in the UAE and Qatar but just 22 responded – a figure that it says indicates a shocking level of inaction. Eight UK-based companies with projects there were contacted for the survey and only four responded - Atkins, Carillion, Interserve and Laing O’Rourke. Of the 100 companies, just 39% have publically available human rights commitments, it found.

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Related companies: Atkins Carillion Interserve Laing O’Rourke