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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

  • RT @hangorinnokai: 辞めさせられた元都知事らが元気ですね。。嘘ついてオリンピック招致したことが問題になってるのに、すっかり評論家きどり、石原、猪瀬、舛添も同罪ですよ。小池都知事はいつ辞めるのかな、オリンピックもろとも退場してくれ https://t.co/Hf… 38 minutes ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: ... so Mayor Garcetti made another wild claim yesterday. Here’s former UN Special Rapporteur @raquelrolnik on why jokes l… 54 minutes ago
  • RT @DecidonsParis: #VillageOlympique «Mais qui va habiter dans ces appartements ?» interroge cet habitant de Seine-Saint-Denis dans le film… 56 minutes ago
  • RT @StateOfSwimming: @Hogshead3Au @iChampionWomen Blackballed like so many victims, media and others who are not ‘on message’ with the self… 6 hours ago
  • RT @witch_kazumin: もう、開催返上すればいいのに…… > 五輪の本番まで10ヵ月程度しか残されていないが、他にもトライアスロン会場である東京・お台場の海水の汚水や大腸菌の問題をはじめ、今後も課題が噴出する可能性は高い。都だけでなく組織委の機能不全ぶりを指摘す… 6 hours ago
  • RT @StateOfSwimming: @JensWeinreich Athletes commissions chosen by the machine simply end up doing the machine’s bidding. .... if any athle… 7 hours ago
  • RT @JensWeinreich: @StateOfSwimming I saw him instructing Kirsty Coventry, chair of IOC‘s athlete‘s commission ... you know ... the Bach se… 7 hours ago
  • RT @SportCampaign: The TUE management could be interesting. With Salazar's athletes putting down 35 substances on their DOU forms and Seren… 7 hours ago
  • RT @galeainvegas: Strange, I thought there was a consultation process. I heard mixed views not rejection on the call. I would like to know… 7 hours ago
  • RT @desler: #Tokyoインパール2020 まさにボイコフの唱える「祝賀資本主義」の悪しき見本。五輪のためなら企業活動も市民生活も犠牲にする政府の横暴。こんな理不尽な要請は断固拒否すべきだ。 東京五輪期間中の時間指定配達を中止 政府が宅配大手に要請へ #ldnews7 hours ago
  • RT @CardiacTrance: 五輪を誘致した都市はことごとく財政難の借金地獄になってるから、ホント災害だな。人災。だから賢い都市は誘致したがらない。 あの震災の直後で、復興に膨大な費用がこれからかかりますよって時に日本は何やってんの…?ってマジ呆れたね。その頃から反対し… 9 hours ago
  • RT @JensWeinreich: It‘s this Sam Ramsamy who has almost destroyed FINA and swimming. @StateOfSwimming twitter.com/anoc_olympic/s… 9 hours ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: Background: thenation.com/article/is-fuk… 19 hours ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: Tokyo 2020 is planning events in Fukushima in 9 months... ...and this is what's happening right now. https://t.co/apK20yl… 19 hours ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: It's wild that any human being, let alone an elected entrusted with the well-being of their constituents, would invite the… 19 hours ago

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