February 6, 2013

Race to the Bottom

Exploitation of Migrant Workers Ahead of Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

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Summary
Non-Payment of Wages or Severe Delays in Wages
Non-Provision of Contracts, Failure to Provide Copies of Contracts
Excessive Working Hours and Few Days Off
Withholding of Personal Identity Documents
Inadequate Employer-Provided Housing and Food
The Russian Government’s Obligations under National and International Law
Responsibility of Businesses Engaged in Construction in Sochi
The Role of the International Olympic Committee
Recommendations
To the Russian Government
To Construction and Other Companies Engaged in Projects in Sochi
To the International Olympic Committee
Methodology
I. Background
II. Abuses against Migrant Workers
Wage-Related Abuses
Non-Payment of Wages
Withholding of the First Month’s Wages
Illegal Deductions from Wages
Contract-Related Abuses
Non-Provision of Written Employment Contracts
No Copies of Contracts
Non-Fulfillment of Contractual Obligations
Problems Understanding Contracts
Withholding of Identity Documents, Non-Provision of Work Permits
Excessively Long Working Hours and Few Days Off
Substandard Food and Accommodations
Retaliation Against Migrant Workers Protesting Abuse
III. Role of Companies Involved in Construction for Sochi 2014
State Corporation Olympstroy
Companies Involved in Construction of the Central Olympic Stadium
Companies Involved in Construction of the Main Olympic Village
Companies Involved in Construction of the Main Media Center
Companies Involved in the Construction of Accommodations for Media Representatives
Construction Projects Managed by Novii Gorod
IV. Role of the International Olympic Committee
V. International Legal Standards
Corporate Responsibility
Acknowledgements
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