6/4/2017

BWI General Secretary on Dutch TV denouces violations on health and safety in Russia sport events

BWI found serious recurring violations to health and safety standards in Russia where a majority of migrant workers work without formal employment contract. Among them Korean...


16/3/2017

Trade Unions at the Table in FIFA

It has been said that, “if you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu”. BWI was at the table for the first meeting of the FIFA Independent Advisory Board, which was held on 13-14 March 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson is one of the eight members of the...


16/3/2017

BWI Leaders Meet FIFA Secretary General Samoura

A Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) delegation met this week with FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura who was appointed by the FIFA Council at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico. Representing BWI were: Ambet Yuson, General Secretary; Johan Lindholm Byggnads, Sweden; Dietmar...


10/3/2017

BWI welcomes progress on human rights with FIFA

FIFA has taken an important step forward in creating an independent advisory board on human rights . BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson will serve as one of its eight members. The work of the Advisory Board for the initial, two-year pilot phase is described in terms of reference . It is a broad...


9/2/2017

First BWI-SC Joint Inspection Conducted in Qatar

The first joint inspections on 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ projects have been carried out by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers. In accordance with a Memorandum of...


2/2/2017

New white papers highlight connection between MSEs and human rights

On 31 January the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform) published the ‘Sporting Chance’ White Papers, a series of 11 white papers on the interaction between MSEs and human rights. One of the...


1/11/2016

Russia: 2018 World Cup News Digest – Дайджест Новостей Чемпионата Мира 2018

In 2016, the BWI launched the 2018 World Cup News Digest. The Digest aims to provide BWI affiliates with latest news regarding the preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, stage of construction of the 2018 World Cup sites, working and living conditions of all workers including migrant workers...


28/10/2016

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova urges sporting bodies to take responsibility for human rights

International sporting organizations must take their responsibility to stop human rights abuses around mega sports events, the Czech-American tennis legend Martina Navratilova told a group of senior officials at a forum organized by the US State Department on Thursday the 13th of October. ”I can...


8/10/2016

Another death at the 2018 World Cup Stadium in St-Petersburg

On 7th of October 2016 fatal accident happened on the World Cup Stadium in St. Petersburg. According to news reports, the worker tragically from down an elevator shaft. This is the fourth fatal accident on the Stadium in St. Petersburg which is set to host one of the semi-final matches in 18...


26/8/2016

Russia: BWI and RBWU sign cooperation agreement with FIFA for Russia 2018

FIFA, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), and the Russian Construction Workers Union (RBWU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in ensuring decent and safe working conditions for the construction and renovation of...