Oxfam raises voice against sportswear production in Asia

Published: Saturday 15 July 2006

Sportswear worker: Stitch does 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.

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