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The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs celebrated the International Workers’ Day 2018 , to highlight the importance of workers in Qatar and in recognition of their efforts in the development and growth of the country.

QDVC , represented by Hamad Bakhit Al Marri participated for the second time through a sponsoring to this event and was awarded by the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi for the company’s participation and support as a silver sponsor.

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QDVC organised its annual Iftar gathering on May 30th 2018 at The Mondrian Hotel, for all its employees, with their family’s members.

The annual Iftar reception serves as an informal setting to establish better relations socially among the employees and management while practicing the spirit of sharing and solidarity. Besides the HO, the LRT project organized the iftar for its staff, Clients representatives and partners at Kempinski Hotel. While the RLS JV project organized the same gathering at the Mondarian Hotel on May 29th 2018.

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QDVC, the Qatari construction company with international standards, recently organized on the occasion of eid celebration its annual gathering event at Serge Moulene workers’ community. The event was chaired by the HR director in addition to all the community management

The event started with the management’s celebration of QDVC’s long service, where long service awards were distributed to 41 employees of the company celebrating their length of service and loyalty and contribution to the continued success and growth of the company. Aside from the certificates and commemorative plaques the awardees received commemorative gifts.

Commenting on the awards, Philippe Tavernier, CEO of QDVC said: “Such events are an important part of QDVC’s ongoing engagement with the work force and reflect its continuous efforts to provide them with the best working and living conditions.”

He added: “Our employees are our most important asset. I am delighted to recognize their commitment and loyalty to QDVC and to congratulate them on their long service awards. Their dedication underpins the continuing growth of our company.”

The event included a series of artistic performances, folklore and dances to entertain the 1500 participants. 30 artists performed a big show for more than 4 hours in Hindi, Tamil, Nepali, Punjabi and Bengali. Moreover, three groups of dancers presented several Bollywood and Bhangda dances on Bollywood songs.  Special foods were also arranged for all employees.

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Official signing of an agreement on workers’ rights between Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), Qatari Diar VINCI Construction (QDVC) and VINCI: a world premiere on these issues in Qatar.

Resulting from discussions that began in December 2014, the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), a global union federation signed today an agreement with QDVC (a Qatari shareholding company with two shareholders: Qatari Diar Real Estate Investments Company and VINCI Construction Grands Projects) and VINCI, a French-based global player in concessions and construction.

The agreement was officially signed in Geneva in Switzerland at the International Labour organisation (ILO) headquarters by BWI’s General Secretary, Ambet Yuson, VINCI’S Human Resources Director, Franck Mougin and QDVC’S CEO, Philippe Tavernier.

The signing took place in the presence of Guy Ryder, Director General of the ILO.

The agreement signed today covers human rights at work, accommodations, and issues related to fair recruitment and employment rights of workers. It applies to all workers employed by QDVC in Qatar, and includes due diligence with sub-contractors. This agreement is the first of its kind in Qatar between a union federation and a Qatari company.

The agreement includes an extensive system of follow-up, reporting, monitoring, inspection, and auditing under the authority of a reference group composed of representatives of the three parties. All aspects of the implementation of the agreement will be reviewed by the parties.

At the beginning of November, during the 331st session of the ILO Governing Body, the ILO and the Government of Qatar signed a 3-year technical cooperation agreement to ensure, for all workers, the respect of the fundamental principles and rights at work.

BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson said: “This agreement with QDVC and VINCI, which complements and builds on our productive cooperation with the Steering Committee on Delivery and Legacy, is a major step towards the full respect of workers’ rights in Qatar. We look forward to working with QDVC and VINCI in our ongoing efforts to improve the working and living conditions of migrant construction workers in Qatar. As the text of the agreement indicates, it is ‘founded on the shared belief that all construction workers should be treated with dignity, and live and work in decent and safe conditions.”

VINCI Human Resources Director, Franck Mougin said: “This agreement is a major new step which highlights our long-standing involvement on workers’ rights in Qatar. Since 2009, VINCI has a pro-active approach towards fostering better working and living conditions for workers in Qatar. This agreement is unique of its kind because it is concrete and fully operational with specific commitments on various topics related to workers’ rights, safety and welfare. It is the concrete result of VINCI and QDVC past commitments on these topics with BWI as a key, major and reliable partner and should serve as an example for the construction industry.”

QDVC CEO, Philippe Tavernier said: “The agreement formalizes the numerous initiatives undertaken by QDVC since its creation to improve labour recruitment practices, working conditions, accommodation, employment rights and grievance mechanisms. It affirms our intention to be fully collaborative and transparent and provides a tangible sign of our commitment to achieve the objectives set in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights publicly endorsed by the State of Qatar.”

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Since the launch of the first National Sport Day in 2012 by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, QDVC, the local construction company with International standards, has demonstrated it support to the Sports day by organising a corporate event in Lusail at LRT site offices, in continued effort to raise awareness about the importance and value of physical activity to the overall health and well-being of its employees and family members.

The event, organised between 8:30 am and 5 pm, encompassed a wide range of activities including football, basketball, volleyball and cricket tournaments, in addition to petanque, a French game played with steel bowls). Moreover a succession of many other captivating and funny team building activities were planned in parallel for adults and kids to encourage them to undertake physical exercises and strengthen the bonds between team members including face painting and henna stations proved extremely popular for children and women.

Speaking on the occasion Philippe Tavernier, Chief Executive Officer of QDVC said “One of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 primary goals is to encourage and maintain a healthy nation. At QDVC, we strongly support this initiative and have therefore organized various activities to foster awareness for a healthy, fit life-style.”

Awards and medals were offered to winners of the competitions at the end of the day as sign of appreciation.