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Unite welcomes promise of checks on Qatar working conditions

16 Nov 16 Newly announced labour and accommodation inspections for Qatar World Cup construction workers are a “step in the right direction” according to trade union Unite.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the global trade union Building & Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and the Supreme Committee for the Delivery & Legacy (SC) of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. It is an important step in securing construction workers’ health and safety, said Unite.

The agreement, which was signed yesterday in Qatar’s capital Doha, will see joint labour and accommodation inspections on World Cup projects in Qatar introduced from January 2017.

BWI will also conduct health and safety training for the SC and its contractors working on World Cup projects that fall under the agreement. It will draw on the expertise from 340 global affiliates including Unite.  

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “This memorandum is an important step on the road to improving the living and working conditions of the construction workers who are making the 2022 Qatar World Cup possible.

“It is testament to the tireless work of BWI and campaigners which importantly secures access to worksites and the right for BWI to conduct labour inspections.

“There is still a lot more to be done and a lot more hard work ahead. Unite has said consistently football is a beautiful game and those who make major sporting events possible by their hard labour deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This is our goal.”

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