International construction unions and professional footballers are working together on efforts to improve the fundamental rights and freedoms for migrant workers in Qatar in the lead up to the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
The three-year cooperation deal between the Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) and the global players’ union FIFPRO, representing professional footballers, was announced overnight in Brussels at the launch of a progress report on conditions for migrant workers in Qatar.
The BWI 2021 Progress Report – Dribble or Goal? Tracking the Score for Decent Work Legacy in Qatar puts forward twelve proposals to ensure a decent work legacy in Qatar towards and beyond the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
“The CFMEU is proud to support the work of international unions seeking improvements for migrant workers in Qatar and the recognition of their fundamental human rights,” said Nigel Davies, CFMEU Construction & General Assistant Secretary.
“While there have been improvements for migrant workers employed in stadium construction in the lead up to Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, there is much more work to do to secure safe work practices and better conditions for all migrant workers in the country.”
“The international campaign to improve the lives and rights of migrant workers in Qatar could have a lasting legacy beyond the 2022 World Cup, if the recommendations of the BWI report are adopted,” said Nigel Davies.