Oxfam raises voice against sportswear production in Asia
Sporting Sweatshops Oxfam
Oxfam has led a coalition of anti-sweatshop ngo s, the Fair Play Alliance, to protest the working conditions under which sports goods are made. Oxfam's report, Offside! Labour Rights and Sportswear Production in Asia , puts the spotlight on multinational corporations that have failed to address the abuse of workers' rights.
Nike pays us $16 million a year to Brazil's football team and Adidas pays us $1.8 million per year to French player Zinedine Zidane. But the Asian workers who make the football boots and other sports gear are paid as little as us $4.8 for a standard working day. The report notes that most Indonesian sportswear workers buy only 1.5 kg of chicken in a month -- the only meat they can afford.