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.
On June 12 2009, approximately 60 representatives of major sportswear brands, international and Canadian trade unions, the Olympic movement, and human rights, corporate social responsibility, and social investment organizations came together in Vancouver to discuss and debate proposals to make the Olympic Games sweat-free.
Below is a video of Professor Doug Miller delivering a presentation at the event in Vancouver.
Based on interviews with sportswear workers in four countries, Clearing the Hurdles shows that violations of worker rights is still the sportswear industry norm, including in workplaces producing for adidas, sponsor of the Beijing and London Games and numerous national Olympic teams, and other key companies in the sector, such as ASICS, Puma, Nike, and New Balance.