The Global Union representing workers in the garment industry has today released a damning report on working conditions in Asian sportswear supply chains.
Says Patrick Itschert, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF): “This report highlights how factories supplying multinational sports and garment brands, many of whom will be kitting out teams for the London 2012 Olympics, are routinely breaking every rule in the book when it comes to labour rights”.
The report focuses on conditions in 83 factories in Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia which together employ over 100,000 workers.
In almost every part of the world the story is the same: garment workers don’t earn enough to support their families and as a result are forced to work excessively long hours to try to make ends meet.
The ITGLWF has developed a living wage DVD and materials to enable unions to build campaigns on the living wage. The video below is one unit taken from the DVD and looks at how workers struggle to survive on current wages. Other units of the DVD are available on the ITGLWF’s YouTube channel.