Pressure mounts on the Olympics over sweatshops.

11 Apr 2012

Organisations across the world are challenging the Olympics over their use of sweatshops.

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Photo of UK Feminista protest Nike women exploitation
Photo of Sri Lanka sweatshop protest

This week, pressure has been mounting on the Olympics over their use of sweatshops.

Various activist groups have been drawing attention to how workers have been exploited in aid of the 2012 sporting event.

Former People & Planet intern, Fiona Ranford, led a demonstration with UK Feminista and War on Want against Nike’s abuse of women in its supply chains. In Sri Lanka, workers led a demonstration against the labour rights violations they’d suffered to make Olympics garments.

People & Planet activists have been campaigning on stamping out sweatshops since 2009. So far, we have forced garment giant Fruit of the Loom to re-hire 1300 sacked workers, made Nike pay compensation to employees in Honduras and mobilised many universities and students’ unions to join the Worker Rights Consortium.

Corporate Power Campaigner, Lev Taylor, said:

Some of the stories of exploitation that have been coming out are horrific. We hear about workers being killed and brutalised; denied the most basic rights. It’s great to see this issue is finally coming back onto the agenda.

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