Working conditions: FIFA and trade unions sign cooperation agreement 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 the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ stadiums. The first joint meeting of all parties to develop a work plan to implement the MoU is taking place in Moscow today.

Among the concrete measures that have been agreed to support the monitoring system implemented by FIFA and the LOC, the BWI and RBWU will cooperate on the visits of 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium construction sites. The signatories to the agreement will also facilitate the negotiations to address and resolve workers’ complaints on serious violations of decent working conditions.


FIFA and the LOC conducted an initial visit for the monitoring of labour conditions in St Petersburg in February 2016 and two months later launched a system to monitor working conditions at ten World Cup stadiums either under construction or renovation together with the Klinsky Institute of Labour Protection and Working Conditions. The second round of evaluation visits has just concluded, with the experts analysing working conditions for approximately 9,000 workers employed at construction sites by more than 100 construction companies.



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