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Russia: Construction workers face exploitation & labour abuses on World Cup 2018 stadiums; says HRW report

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21 June 2017

FIFA statement on Human Rights Watch report on Russia

Author: FIFA

14 Jun 2017

FIFA shares Human Rights Watch's (HRW) objective to ensure decent working conditions on FIFA World Cup stadium construction sites...In particular, FIFA has put in place a pioneer monitoring system, to identify issues and take concrete measures to address them...the overall message of exploitation on the construction sites portrayed by HRW does not correspond with FIFA's assessment, which is based on the quarterly inspections conducted by independent experts and trade union representatives. As part of the monitoring system, representatives of...the Klinsky Institute of Labour Protection and Working Conditions, carry out two-day inspections on a quarterly basis on all 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium construction sites... On average, the inspections covered 75 percent of the workforce employed on the construction sites at the time of the visits...Based on the detailed results of consecutive inspections, there is clear evidence that the monitoring system is helping to improve labour standards. The number of issues found by the experts of the Klinsky Institute has been reduced by 72 percent since the start of the monitoring system in April 2016...For more information on the FIFA-LOC Decent Work Monitoring System, please refer to the letter of 8 June 2017 that FIFA sent to HRW in response to their questions...

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20 June 2017

Red card: Exploitation of construction workers on World Cup sites in Russia

Author: Human Rights Watch

Russia will host the next FIFA World Cup, from June 14 to July 15, 2018...Tens of thousands of workers are building the stadiums and infrastructure necessary for hosting of the World Cup. These workers often face exploitation, poor working conditions, and little recourse for abuses. These are long-standing issues that have been well-documented by Human Rights Watch and others before Russia was selected to host the World Cup. Yet the Russian government has not done enough to monitor and curb abusive practices in the construction sector and hold employers accountable...Human Rights Watch’s investigation suggests that FIFA’s existing labor monitoring system may not be effective.

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20 June 2017

Russia/FIFA: Workers Exploited on World Cup 2018 Stadiums

Construction workers building stadiums for Russia to host the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup face exploitation and labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said...FIFA, the worldwide football association, has yet to fully deliver on its commitments to conduct effective monitoring of labor conditions ahead of the Confederations Cup and World Cup...“FIFA’s promise to make human rights a centerpiece of its global operations has been put to the test in Russia, and FIFA is coming up short,” said Jane Buchanan, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Construction workers on World Cup stadiums face exploitation and abuse, and FIFA has not yet shown that it can effectively monitor, prevent, and remedy these issues.”

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