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Play Fair at the Olympics

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Play Fair at the Olympics is a campaign by Oxfam, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Labour Behind the Label calling on global sportswear retailers and Olympic institutions to respect workers' rights. More details here...

The Play Fair at the Olympics campaign was launched on 4 March and will continue until the start of the Olympic Games in August. The campaign by Oxfam, the TUC and Labour Behind the Label calls on global sportswear retailers and Olympic institutions to respect workers' rights.

While athletes are training to be 'swifter, higher and stronger' in preparation for the Athens Olympics, millions of workers are working faster, longer and cheaper to make the fashionable sportswear that competitors (and consumers around the world) will wear during the Games.

Factories in poor countries, desperate to secure orders from the big brands, do whatever is demanded by sportswear companies: accepting last-minute orders, meeting unreasonable deadlines, and slashing their profit margins. For the factories to survive their employees must make sacrifices. These can include working extremely long hours, forced overtime, working on short-term contracts (leaving them vulnerable to being 'hired and fired' at will) and accepting extremely low wages.

To find out more about the campaign, including how to obtain campaign materials, visit:

www.fairolympics.org

 

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