Fighting to Improve Workers’ Rights in the FIFA World Cup

August 6, 2018

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup remains one of the most highly anticipated events for soccer fans and other citizens alike. However, states expert Jin-Sook Lee of Building and Woodworkers International(BWI), “21 workers were killed in the construction of these stadiums” while preparing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

To combat poor work conditions for laborers in the global sports market, BWI has been advocating for better working conditions for construction workers since 2001. As Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup, workers’ rights advocates have expressed concern about the country’s treatment of its labor workforce, which is largely made up of migrants. Estimates released in 2013 by the Washington Post calculated that from 2010-2013 over 1,200 migrant workers had died at Qatari construction sites. With these concerns in mind, watch this short video to learn more about how Lee and the BWI are preparing to take on labor regulations in Qatar.