First Joint Inspection Significant Milestone for Workers’ Welfare Journey, Al Thawadi Says

Doha, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi said Thursday that the first joint inspections with Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) to be a significant milestone for the SC and the organization’…

Doha, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi said Thursday that the first joint inspections with Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) to be a significant milestone for the SC and the organization’s workers’ welfare journey.

Speaking to the committee’s website today, Al Thawadi said that “his agreement with BWI highlights our commitment to ensuring the highest levels of workers’ welfare standards and compliance across all of our sites. We have always been open, transparent, and committed to working together with well-respected international partners who share our vision of achieving sustainable change in this area.” He expressed his satisfaction at the level of cooperation so far with BWI, pointing out that there are indications already that the partnership has been fruitful. “The initial feedback from BWI has been constructive and demonstrates the value of entering into this agreement. The Joint Working Group will now study the outcomes of these inspections and a report will be published in due course.” The two sides carried out Feb. 1 the first joint inspections on 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar projects after they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in November of last year. The MoU includes joint inspections of construction sites and workers’ accommodation. It also includes health and safety training for the SC and its contractors working on World Cup projects and a review and assessment of the SC’s current Workers’ Welfare Forums – a mechanism developed to deal with worker grievances.

The joint inspections cover all workers on SC projects, however the first joint inspections cover projects built by multi-national companies headquartered in countries where workers are represented by BWI member trade unions. To date, the companies that fall under the agreement are from Austria, Belgium, Italy, India, and Cyprus. The inspections were carried out by a Joint Working Group (JWG) formed to manage the inspections and reporting process. Representatives from BWI spent two days with SC staff, including representatives from the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Division (WWD), Health and Safety Division (HSSE) and Technical Delivery Office (TDO).

Source: Qatar News Agency