Russia: High number of migrant workers at World Cup construction sites subject to wage theft

Author: Levi Bridges, PRI's The World (USA), Published on: 4 July 2017

"Many migrant workers building Russia's World Cup sites are getting stiffed"

...Stories of frequent wage theft at Russia’s World Cup sites...threaten to tarnish the world’s most popular sporting event. Russia has already spent $11.4 billion on World Cup infrastructure in 11 host cities that required new stadiums or extensive renovations on existing venues like Luzhniki Stadium. The projects have attracted thousands of workers from throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, many of whom have experienced severe labor violations...At least 17 workers have died working on Russia’s World Cup sites, according to researchers with the global trade union Building and Woodworkers International in Geneva. A new report by Human Rights Watch also documented widespread instances where construction workers laboring at Russian stadiums, many of them migrants from Central Asia, were cheated out of wages by construction companies...Workers at five of Russia’s World Cup stadiums have gone on strike over unpaid wages. [refers to FIFA]

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