New initiative gives protection to migrant workers in West Asia

The appalling conditions that migrant workers face in many countries in West Asia have been well documented before (see here, here and here). Following a recent delegation to Qatar, the Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) global union has come up with a new initiative to overcome government bans on workers forming unions. At a recent meeting, the BWI resolved to develop a proposal that would allow migrant construction workers to gain direct membership to the BWI. This could represent a new and revolutionary move in the quest to organise migrant workers in West Asia where genuine unions are banned.