All stakeholders involved in preparations for the 2018 World Cup, including FIFA, should work to ensure labour rights…

According to the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI), Turkish migrant workers on the the new stadium in Rostov on Don, under construction for the 2018 World Cup, went on strike over unpaid wages at the end of May. Hundreds of workers stopped work and demanded that their employer paid the wages due to them. Within days, the regional government in Rostov on Don had to intervene in the dispute and force the main contractor, Krocus Group, to pay the wages in a few days.

The Rostov on Don strike is the third due to unpaid wages since the beginning of this year: in March construction workers at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, and at the new stadium in Nizhniy Novgorod downed tools after two months of wage arrears.

“We are seriously concerned with the situation of unpaid wages of workers working on the 2018 World Cup projects in Russia,” said Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI. He continued, “It is important that all stakeholders involved in the preparations, including FIFA, should work to ensure labour rights in all projects related to the 2018 World Cup, specifically to make sure that workers are paid on time and that they are provided with employment contracts and safe working conditions.”

Originally published on the BWI website:

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