A new report finds that workers at New York University’s new campus construction in the United Arab Emirates were routinely exempted from fair working condition agreements. Construction projects in the Gulf region usually rely on South Asian migrant workers, and have a history of questionable safety and labor records. NYU had sought and received agreement with the Abu Dhabi government on principles for fair working conditions and compliance monitoring programs. Independent investigators found that one-third of the workforce–up to 10,000 workers–were exempted from the agreements without the knowledge of NYU and its funders. This report highlights the challenges in enforcing workplace safety and labor agreements amongst contractors in international construction projects.
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