The Olympic games commence today and IndustriALL Global Union is calling on all affiliates to take part in a Play Fair e-action to light the flame for workers’ rights.
Over 3,000 sportswear and International Olympic Committee (IOC) e-actions as part of the Play Fair campaign have already taken place globally. Now that the games have started it’s time to increase the pressure.
Play Fair research (published in Toying with Workers’ Rights and Fair Games?) found poverty wages and exploitative working conditions in factories producing London 2012 mascots, pin badges, uniforms and sportswear, including Adidas’ Olympics goods.
Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union says,
The head of the Olympic family, the International Olympic Committee, needs to take responsibility for ending this exploitation and live up to the rhetoric of “building a better world through sport"
“Multinational sportswear companies need to do much more to ensure their goods are not products of exploitation. With hours to go before the Games begin, let’s make it absolutely clear that we want an Olympics where workers are the winners, not the losers,” adds Jyrki Raina.
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