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2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar's Supreme Committee publishes workers' welfare report

09:20 SAST 2018/02/02
Al Bayt Stadium site, Qatar
The report published takes a closer look at the welfare of the workers at the construction sites for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar...

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar,  and the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers have jointly published the findings from a series of inspections carried out at various stadium construction sites in Qatar.

The report was published by the Joint Working Group (JWG), set up by SC and BWI in 2016 to ensure the facilities for the workers at the stadiums maintain rigorous health and safety standards. 

After inspecting four stadium sites in Qatar in 2017, the JWG have made recommendations to the SC to improve several aspects of working and living conditions, such as better storage systems for workers’ harnesses, improving health record management and providing training for contractors’ medical staff.

The SC has already started working on the recommendations. 

Meanwhile, the JWG has also pointed out the Workers’ Welfare Forums (WWF), set up by the SC to ensure the workers spoke up openly about issues plaguing them, as a huge positive. 

The JWG will inspect additional World Cup stadium sites and accommodation facilities this year as well. 

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, SC Secretary General said: “I want to thank Ambet Yuson and BWI for their support on what is a crucial issue for the SC – improving the health and safety of those working at our stadium sites. As this report shows, we have made progress, but we know more can be done, especially as we begin an important year of construction."