We are writing this note to let you know that the boycott of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi that we initiated in March 2011 remains in place.
Our work on this has already led to concrete results with the appointment in June 2011 of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as monitor to supervise labor standards on Saadiyat Island. This, for us, is a step in the right direction provided that PwC develops and implements a transparent and rigorous monitoring program; works with one of the Human Rights Watch recommended independent monitors to develop their monitoring program and that PwC does not have a conflict of interest with other companies or governmental entities in Abu Dhabi. We have made three requests to the Guggenheim about these matters. The Guggenheim has answered that they have not received updates on this from the Tourism & Development Investment Company (TDIC).
With this note we wish to affirm that the boycott remains in place and that Gulflabor Coalition members continue to meet regularly in New York, and that the Coalition remains in contact with the Guggenheim, TDIC, and Human Rights Watch in order to find adequate solutions to labor standards in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.