Archinect - News 2017-06-27T01:47:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150009294/amnesty-international-reports-new-numbers-of-qatar-s-fifa-world-cup-2022-migrant-exploitation Amnesty International reports new numbers of Qatar's FIFA World Cup 2022 migrant exploitation Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T12:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T14:44:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4mytprl3hy0gobwm.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrants building a state-of-the-art stadium for the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar are abused and exploited &ndash; while FIFA makes huge profits.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/410043/migrant-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously covered</a> in Archinect news, many migrant workers in Qatar face abuse and exploitation,&nbsp;forced labor&nbsp;or even&nbsp;death.</p><p>A recent report from Amnesty International reveals new numbers &mdash;&nbsp;over 90% of Qatar's workforce, an estimated 1.7&nbsp;million people, are migrant workers coming from Bangladesh, India and Nepal. 3,200 workers, mostly migrants, work on Khalifa Stadium every day. The majority of the&nbsp;workers seeking jobs in Qatar are escaping poverty in their home countries. They are often forced to pay recruitment fees ranging from anywhere between $500 to $4,300 that leave many in debt and hunger. Passports are taken away, making those people&nbsp;unable to leave their jobs or&nbsp;the country&nbsp;while being unpaid for months.</p><p>Considering the conditions and the threats that the migrant workers endure in Qatar, it is truly challenging to not regard&nbsp;their situation&nbsp;as one of the forms of modern-day slavery.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996606/the-conspicuous-ethics-of-the-dubai-frame-opening-date-delayed-to-later-this-year The conspicuous ethics of the Dubai Frame, opening date delayed to later this year Justine Testado 2017-03-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0q/0qfoh6dzfi8vvsgy.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Raised as a monument to Dubai&rsquo;s aspirations as a center of international commerce, the Frame is now a physical manifestation of the crude system that erected it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Considering the already controversial nature of the Dubai Frame, The New York Times recently <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/business/dubai-frame-building-stolen-design.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a piece</a> on the project in relation to the city's &ldquo;entrenched system [that notoriously] leaves outsiders vulnerable to mistreatment&nbsp;&mdash; from professionals sketching blueprints to construction workers laying foundations [...]&nbsp;a system in which kinship can outweigh contract terms&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kv/kvtoe0m6wo1np09s.jpg"></p><p>Based on the 2008-09 ThyssenKrupp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_announced_for_thyssenkrupp_elevator_architecture_award_2008-2009" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition-winning design</a>&nbsp;by architect Fernando Donis, the 150-meter-tall Dubai Frame structure in Za'abeel Park has drawn plenty of opposition over the years, most notably from Donis himself.&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality for stealing the copyright to his design and for breaching the&nbsp;international UNESCO-UIA regulations from the competition. &ldquo;At the end they took it, built it and will profit from it, without having involved us nor paid us,&rdquo;&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously told Archinect</a>&nbsp;in 2015.</p><p>After multiple delays, the opening date of the Dubai Frame was pushed bac...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942822/qatar-world-cup-workers-fifa-launches-welfare-body-to-improve-labor-conditions Qatar World Cup workers: FIFA launches welfare body to improve labor conditions Alexander Walter 2016-04-28T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:08:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e5/e589u33bvzm7cezi.jpg" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fifa president Gianni Infantino has announced the launch of a body to oversee the treatment of workers on Qatar&rsquo;s World Cup stadiums. Fifa has been under pressure from Amnesty International, among others, over the alleged human rights abuses suffered by construction operatives at World Cup venues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82702681/revealed-qatar-s-world-cup-slaves-to-build-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' to Build Infrastructure</a></li></ul><p>Dire safety conditions also in Brazil:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147191669/zaha-hadid-qatari-situation-doesn-t-apply-to-her-stadium-site Zaha Hadid: 'Qatari situation' doesn't apply to her stadium site Alexander Walter 2016-02-02T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-08-23T05:57:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/08/089t4hf4r38h5i00.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an interview with The Times, Dame Zaha Hadid said that the Qataris &ldquo;should do something&rdquo; about the issue of migrant workers. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a defender of the Qatari situation, but it&rsquo;s important to get the facts right and then we can discuss it. I&rsquo;m very happy that the press make the government aware of problems on certain sites. But it doesn&rsquo;t apply to this site.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>To read the full (paywalled) <em>The Times</em> interview with Dame Hadid, click <a href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/visualarts/architecture/article4679876.ece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94437641/zaha-hadid-defends-qatar-world-cup-role-following-migrant-worker-deaths" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid defends Qatar World Cup role following migrant worker deaths</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105403243/more-bad-news-with-hadid-s-qatar-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Bad News with Hadid's Qatar Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds "7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds Alexander Walter 2015-12-29T18:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jkeo2jo8qg6ga9tu.jpg" width="650" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has estimated that 7,000 workers will die before the first ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup. [...] &ldquo;Qatar&rsquo;s labour laws are ruinous for workers. All the government has done is to codify slavery. Employers can now even lend out workers to another employer without the worker&rsquo;s consent for up to a year&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In its 2015 report <a href="http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/qatar_en_web.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Qatar: Profit and Loss. Counting the cost of modern day slavery in Qatar: What price freedom?</em></a>, the ITUC demands that FIFA would make workers' right a central concern of the 2022 World Cup preparations. The organization has also called on Qatari authorities to take these immediate steps to improve workers' conditions:</p><ul><li>End the kafala system starting with the elimination of the exit visa;</li><li>Allow worker representation &ndash; a collective voice with elected representatives and workplace committees;</li><li>Employment contracts through direct employment or large, reputable, recruitment companies;</li><li>A national minimum wage for all workers, and collective bargaining rights;</li><li>Proper labor inspection and grievance mechanisms, inclusive of contractors, and an independent labor court.</li></ul><p>Click <a href="http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/qatar_en_web.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full report.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93393287/qatar-introduces-higher-standards-for-world-cup-migrant-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qa...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133432736/gulf-labor-initiative-renews-criticism-of-abu-dhabi-museums-over-migrant-workers-rights Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights Alexander Walter 2015-08-03T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T22:24:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8c/8c58ea12557e13c020905b54baa58b30.jpg" width="598" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrant workers building branches of the Guggenheim Museum, the Louvre and the Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi continue to face crushing debt, substandard wages and harsh working conditions despite recent efforts to improve treatment, according to a report published this week by Gulf Labor, a coalition of artists and activists. [...] the researchers found that &ldquo;underpayment is far and away the primary concern&rdquo; for the workers themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This issue of labor rights in the greater gulf region previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122127345/an-updated-look-at-the-conditions-for-abu-dhabi-s-migrant-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An updated look at the conditions for Abu Dhabi's migrant workers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127580581/bbc-journalists-arrested-for-reporting-on-qatar-s-world-cup-laborers BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c8/c8bdbc595d4d57aa0127c415c22637f7.jpg" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister's office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May - but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs. Our arrest was dramatic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction Justine Testado 2015-04-21T20:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T20:26:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fw/fwrorhtwem5x5i0c.jpg" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An independent investigation into the construction of New York University&rsquo;s Abu Dhabi campus has found that despite the school&rsquo;s best intentions and efforts, about one third of the workforce at the site &mdash; roughly 10,000 workers &mdash; was not covered by the school&rsquo;s labor guidelines, and thus faced unfair and exploitative practices [that were reported in previous allegations].</p></em><br /><br /><p>To add to that, construction of the NYUAD main campus is nearly complete and the workers have already moved on to other jobs.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/25019275/abu-dhabi-saadiyat-guggenheim-stalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat Guggenheim Stalls</a></li><li><a title="High Culture and Hard Labor" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Memorial for the Workers Dying While Constructing the Qatar World Cup Stadium</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations World Cup ‘slaves’ scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over ‘emigration violations’ Miles Jaffe 2014-09-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T09:06:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8r04apg75y1bcng.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Qatari authorities have confirmed they are holding two British researchers who are investigating the 2022 World Cup facilities, which is linked with a scandal over poor working conditions and dozens of deaths of foreign workers. ... "All of the actions that have been taken against the two Britons are consistent with principles of human rights enshrined in the constitution," read the statement released by the Qatari QNA news agency on Sunday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The silence from Zaha is deafening.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100055311/whitney-museum-to-offer-year-of-free-admission-to-construction-workers Whitney Museum to Offer Year of Free Admission to Construction Workers Archinect 2014-05-19T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:00:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/04/0407cbd3d26bf7baea5334496df7ca33.jpg" width="640" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a hard-hat tour of the Whitney&rsquo;s Renzo Piano-designed building in downtown Manhattan earlier this month, it was announced&nbsp;that the institution plans to&nbsp;extend a year of museum membership to the project&rsquo;s&nbsp;construction&nbsp;workers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor High Culture and Hard Labor Alexander Walter 2014-03-31T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T19:30:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/68a3ca5a0c532ad70c0b83711d20496b.jpg" width="600" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If liberal cultural and educational institutions are to operate with any integrity in that environment, they must insist on a change of the rules: abolish the recruitment debt system, pay a living wage, allow workers to change employers at will and legalize the right to collective bargaining. Otherwise, their gulf paymasters will go on cherry-picking from the globalization menu [...] while spurning the social contract that protects basic human rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/377969/qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70005403/tackling-concerns-of-independent-workers Tackling Concerns of Independent Workers b3tadine[sutures] 2013-03-24T19:07:00-04:00 >2013-03-25T10:56:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3u/3uc388tdxnmjhprr.jpg" width="600" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, the Freelancers Union is one of the nation&rsquo;s fastest-growing labor organizations, with more than 200,000 members, over half of them in New York State. Ms. Horowitz, who has never lacked audacity, says she expects to expand the organization to one million members within three years. For some perspective, the United Automobile Workers union currently has 380,000 members.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Perhaps, architect interns, and those contract workers, will look to adding their numbers to this collective, instead of waiting for venal institutions - you know who you are - to make substantive changes to the way that things work.</p>