Switzerland - FIFA gets yellow card - June 11, 2010

On 10 June 1,000 workers’ delegates participating in the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva presented Yellow Cards to the FIFA. The Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and Swiss Labour Assistance (SLA) argue that FIFA has consistently evaded social responsibility for wages and working conditions of the construction workers employed in building stadiums in South Africa for the FIFA World Cup event. For instance, 70% of workers were given short term contracts with no job security by labour brokers and subcontractors. “The BWI wishes to record that FIFA has undermined the most elementary principles of the ILO Decent Work and FIFA must be given a Yellow Card”, said Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of the BWI addressing the ILC. “In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, if FIFA will not take serious steps to improve the working conditions of the workers and promote ILO core labor standards in the procurement policies, we will give them a Red Card”, he continued. Earlier, BWI criticized working conditions and safety provisions in stadium building in Poland for the UEFA Europe Cup 2012.

English: http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?Index=2781&Language=EN; http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?index=2785&Language=EN  

French : http://www.interportal.ch/fr/actualites/nouvelles/2010/des-syndicats-du-monde ...


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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