Committed towards migrant workers in Qatar
Currently Salini Impregilo is building the “Red Line North Underground” in Doha, Qatar, one of the new metro lines belonging to the infrastructure mobility system promoted by the National Development Plan for 2030 (the “Qatar National Vision 2030”).
These large-scale investment projects are attracting a huge number of workers from all over the world, for whom authorities and companies have to ensure proper working and living conditions.
Salini Impregilo is playing its part by leading the construction industry by example. In order to ensure suitable living conditions and a comfortable social context for workers involved in the realization of the Red Line North Underground, the Group has built new living quarters at the gates of Doha.
At the end of 2014 the residential facility hosted 700 workers of 14 nationalities, and is eventually expected to host 2,500 workers in total. The facility is fully compliant with the International Human Rights Standards, the Qatar Labour Law, and the Qatar Foundation’s standards; as such it represents a benchmark for all companies operating in the country.
More in detail, the camp consists of 20 modern accommodation buildings composed of six apartments per building, with three bedrooms accommodating four people each. The camp is designed in full respect of health and safety standards and is provided with smoke detectors and fire-alarm systems throughout. This compact village provides workers with all the basic services and much more: a clinic, canteens, dining halls, mini-market, barber shop, laundry, a multipurpose area with gym, TV areas, internet workstations, cafeteria, in addition to a mosque and prayer area, as well as a football/hand-ball playground area.
Moreover, the camp is equipped with a Safety Training Centre, where each new enrolled worker is trained through a full induction held with theoretical and practical lessons.
From an environmental point of view, the entire camp will be totally carbon-neutral, thanks to the use of solar panels. In fact, it will be equipped with a photovoltaic system capable of satisfying the energy needs of the entire population housed.
In November 2014 a delegation from BWI (Building and Wood Workers’ International) visited the Red North Line Underground project and the new residential camp, expressing satisfaction for the work done. The mission followed an international conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on the living conditions of migrant workers in Qatar. On that occasion, Salini Impregilo was invited to present its approach towards the workforce, and explain the initiatives in force.
The camp was officially opened on 4 December 2014 with a ceremony attended by foreign diplomatic delegations, especially from countries whose workers are employed in the construction site of the Red Line North Underground.
We are proud of this important achievement, which was recognised by the Qatar Foundation with an official letter of appreciation. An increasing number of delegations from other companies and organisations, such as international unions, have been visiting the camp to witness how Salini Impregilo takes care of its people.