War on Want keeps up pressure on Olympic exploitation

By staff writers
9 Aug 2012

On Sunday 5 August, as crowds left the Olympic park after the men's 100m final, War on Want projected a giant video message in protest at what it claims is the exploitation of Adidas workers around the world.

Several large sports companies and Olympic sponsors are under continued pressure over their commercial activities and their impact as the Games in London draw to a climax this weekend.

Murray Worthy, the anti-poverty charity's Sweatshops Campaigner, declared: "Adidas has already sold £100 million of Olympic clothing whilst workers making its goods around the world are paid poverty wages and are having to skip meals to survive."

"This is exploitation. It wouldn’t be OK for Adidas to do this in the UK and it shouldn’t be OK anywhere else in the world. Adidas must ensure that workers are paid enough to live," he added.

Workers making Adidas clothes around the world are paid as little as 34p an hour, have little or no job security and face harassment or dismissal if they try and organise to defend their rights, says War on Want, urging people to write to the company to make clear that this has to stop.

The charity says the sports giant must:

Adidas must:

* Ensure that all workers are paid a basic salary that is at least a living wage – covering basic essentials like housing, food, healthcare and education.

* Ensure that all your supplier factories provide decent working conditions for all their workers – including tackling excessive hours, ensuring job security and freedom from verbal and physical abuse.

* Guarantee a positive environment for trade union organising throughout your supply chains – so that workers are free to organise to secure their rights without fear of repression or harassment.

The letter can be accessed online here: http://tinyurl.com/cqhlxv6

The War on Want video message, uploaded onto YouTube, can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQK42CT5vTw

War on Want: www.waronwant.org

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