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Adidas Day of Action

Today War on Want staged ‘exploitation games‘ outside of the Adidas’s flagship store on Oxford Street. This was part of a coordinated action on Adidas stores across the UK. Adidas pays its workers as little as 34p an hour, busts unions, and makes huge profits from this exploitation. Adidas has used their sponsorship of the Olympics to increase their sales and clean their public image. Please support War on Want’s campaign.

Telling Adidas to “stop sweatshop exploitation”

Counter-Olympic sports: activists play badminton

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Filed under: campaigns, labour issues

Race to the bottom

Race to the bottom exposes the exploitation of Bangladeshi workers producing goods for Olympic sportswear companies; Adidas, Nike and Puma.

Adidas, Nike and Puma have all invested heavily in their associations with the London 2012 Olympic Games, either through official partnerships with London 2012 or sponsoring national teams and high profile athletes. As well as gaining access to worldwide audiences to promote their products they also aim to associate themselves with the Olympic values of fair play and respect.

Our research finds that for the workers making goods for Adidas, Nike and Puma in Bangladesh, there is little sign of fair play or respect. Five of the six factories covered by our research did not even pay their workers the Bangladeshi minimum wage, let alone a living wage that allow them to meet their basic needs.

On average workers were paid just 16p an hour, with two thirds of the workers work over 60 hours a week, in clear breach of Bangladeshi law.

See more here

Filed under: campaigns, labour issues

Olympic-hit businesses in court move

Scores of small businesses are planning a class action lawsuit against the organisers of the Olympics over planned road closures and security restrictions which they claim will put hundreds of jobs at risk.

The group of east London companies, which range from transport firms to printers, cafés, garages and retailers, have united to tackle the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) over restricted access to their premises, the lack of a compensation plan for any adverse impact on trading and the alleged failure to provide relocation packages for the worst affected firms.

Around 40 businesses, which employ a combined 550 staff, have committed to a “fighting fund” to tackle the Games organisers and have instructed a law firm to advise on their options. These include formal mediation or an attempt to secure a judicial review of Locog’s stance on firms directly outside the compulsory purchase zone, inside which 193 affected companies were given compensation and new homes.

Read the full article from The Telegraph

Filed under: labour issues

Playfair 2012

Playfair 2012 – campaigning for a sweat free olympics

The Playfair 2012 campaign wants the organisers of the London Olympics and companies to aim for gold and ensure that workers producing sportswear and goods with the Olympic logo have their rights respected.

Millions of people are employed in the global supply chains that produce kits for Olympic teams, and the sportswear and Olympic souvenirs available on our high streets. These mainly women workers, not just the athletes, help to make the Olympics possible.

But, evidence shows that the sportswear industry and Olympic movement have a poor track record on workers’ rights. Playfair 2008 research found workers employed by Adidas suppliers in China earning £20 per month for glueing sports shoes that sell for £50 plus, and others working 80 hours a week stitching footballs. Adidas is one of London 2012’s main sponsors and licensees. In another factory producing stationery, children as young as 12 years old were being forced to work 15 hours a day.

See more at: http://www.playfair2012.org/

Filed under: campaigns, corporate gain, labour issues


Whose Games? Whose City?

NO LIMOS! NO LOGOS! NO LAUNCHERS!


12 noon, Saturday 28 July
Assemble Mile End Park, East London.

March to Wennington Green for People's Games for All (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF FINAL DESTINATION)

A family-friendly protest. More details and press release

@counterOlympics twitter action

  • Everyone's forgotten about #Tibet 1 hour ago
  • RT @GlobalAthleteHQ: In today’s @thesundaytimes Global Athlete Chief speaks about WADA’s refusal to listen to International Athlete Communi… 1 hour ago
  • You don't make deals with dictators. Didn't they learn anything from the last World War? 1 hour ago
  • Foul play: how racism towards black footballers is moving online theguardian.com/football/2019/… 2 hours ago
  • So ##Arsenal gained nothing by its cowardice! 'Chinese state broadcaster pulls Arsenal v Man City after Mesut Özil… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 2 hours ago
  • RT @PeriKazuko: “旭日旗の意味”が世界に?米NYで「五輪での旭日旗持ち込み」反対デモ またある米国人男性は米ホワイトハウスに「旭日旗が五輪で使われれば、米国の世界平和に向けた努力に否定的な影響を及ぼす」と訴える請願書を提出。同請願書は10万人の同意を得て… h… 17 hours ago
  • RT @attackoncrow: オリンピック反対デモやってます https://t.co/7qiu6EzB5a 17 hours ago
  • RT @yajipoi0810: (3/6)…(中略)…ジェイミー・グレアム警察長は反オリンピック団体にセキュリティ・エージェントを潜入させたことを自慢げに語った。警察のスパイがバスの運転手になりすまして潜り込み、オリンピックの聖火リレーへの抗議行動に参加する活動家の送迎を担っ… 18 hours ago
  • RT @yajipoi0810: (2/6)用いられるようになってしまうのだ。おびただしい数の警察官が配備されたことに加えて、バンクーバー都市圏全体で一〇〇〇個に迫る数のCCTV監視カメラも設置された。市の統合警備ユニット(VISU)は大会が終われば撤去すると約束したが、「撤去… 18 hours ago
  • RT @yajipoi0810: (1/6)メガイベント開催都市では、期間中に軍事要塞に匹敵する警備体制を敷くことが、いまや標準的手続きになっている。…(中略)…重要なことは、一時的な例外状態への対処だと言って導入された最新鋭の警察の装備が、知らぬ間に通常の装備として定着してし… 18 hours ago
  • RT @KentaK1kuch1: 正直、札幌市民は「マラソンなんてやんなくていいよ」って思ってるだろな。 自分が札幌に住んでいた時なら絶対思ってたもの。 混むだろうし、迷惑以外の何物でもない。 黙って東京だけでやっておけばいいのに。 そもそもオリンピックが日本に来るのって… 18 hours ago
  • @tariqpanja Anyone can piss of the Chinese government and a lot more should 23 hours ago
  • RT @adrianzenz: AP EXCLUSIVE: responding to recent leaks, Xinjiang gov't issues detailed/urgent orders for destroying any documentary evide… 23 hours ago
  • RT @StephenWadeAP: Tokyo being billed as 'Recovery Olympics' -- but not for all (from @AP) apnews.com/2a0ef15f82ed9a… 1 day ago
  • RT @JulesBoykoff: “This recovery Olympics is in name only. The amount of money spent on the Olympics should have been used for real reconst… 1 day ago

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