Sunday, 13 November 2011

Call for a sweat free Olympics

There is a focus on protecting worker rights in the supply chain for sportswear firms taking part in the 2012 Olympic Games. The Playfair 2012 Campaign has been established by a coalition of trade unions and labour rights organisations which are taking the lead on this issue.  They found evidence of workers being employed by Adidas suppliers working for 80-hour weeks stitching footballs. The main sponsor of the Olympic Games 2012 is Adidas.

Companies are being pressurised to ensure they fulfil the principles of Decent Work across the Olympic supply chains, in countries such as China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The principles of Decent Work are "freedom, equality, security, and dignity". It is expected that workers are in receipt of a living wage, paid sick leave, maternity pay and are able to join a trade union.

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