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Friday 4 May 2012


Off the Podium

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Thursday 23 February 2012



Olympic and Paralympic Merchandise is big business. The organisers of the
2012 Games estimate that the iconic London 2012 mascots Wenlock and
Mandeville will boost total sales of Olympic key rings, soft toys, stickers,
badges, backpacks and limited-edition playing cards to £1bn. This is good
news for London and the Olympics, but there is a hidden cost being paid by
the Chinese workers employed to make these goods. As athletes put in long
hours of training and battle it out to beat world records in their respective
sports, workers around the world are forced into a race to the bottom on
wages and conditions. But no medals will be awarded for their long hours,
and record breaking efforts to meet production targets on time. ‘Toying with
Workers’ Rights’ has confirmed yet again that as the demand for consumer
merchandise mounts in the build up to the Olympics, workers must work
excessively long hours of overtime, for very little pay, in often dangerous
and exhausting working environments, with employers showing little
regard for internationally recognised labour standards or national laws.

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Wednesday 24 August 2011


Indonesian protocol on Freedom of Association

On June 7th an historic agreement was reach by trade unions, employers and multinational sportswear brands on a protocol on freedom of association.

The original signed document has been translated into English and is available here.

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Latest Press

Friday 27 July 2012

Light the Flame for workers' rights

Light the Flame for workers’ rights! The Olympic games commence today and Play Fair is calling on activists to light the flame for workers’ rights. Over 3,000 sportswear and Internat…

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Monday 07 May 2012

Abuses still exist in Olympic supply chains

Workers making Olympic sportswear for London 2012 for top brands and high street names including adidas and Next are being paid poverty wages, forced to work excessive overtime and threatened with i…

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