From the TUC

Playfair 2012 speaker tour: playing by the rules on workers’ rights

27 Mar 2011, By

It would take a Sri Lankan sportswear worker 14,000 years to earn the Nike CEO’s £8m pot for 2010. While Adidas, the official sportswear sponsor for London 2012, can afford £100m in sponsorship fees, it is less sure about being able to pay workers making its products a living wage. Nirosha Priyadarshini Manakanda Dewage, co-President, Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Trade Union, Sri Lanka, will be touring Britain in April to provide an insight into working conditions in sportswear supply chains and its impacts on the everyday lives of workers and their families. And he will tell us more about how workers are mobilising to win better pay and conditions.

The mainly female workers involved in the Olympics supply chains play a vital role in making the games possible. Olympic branded goods like mascots, caps and bags are already available on our high streets, so our activism is needed now to ensure that workers making these products and all sportswear in global supply chains are not exploited. Evidence from past Olympics shows a poor track record on respecting workers’ rights. As London 2012 fast approaches Playfair 2012 is stepping up the pressure on the Olympic movement and sportswear brands to make sure that the rights of these workers are respected and that they are paid a living wage.

Events are taking place in:

  • London : 18 April, 18.15-19.30
  • Nottingham: 19 April, 13.30-14.30 (Prospect Young Professionals Conference – members only)
  • Leeds: 19 April, 18.00-19.30
  • Liverpool: 20 April, 12.15-13.30 (Association of Teachers and Lecturers National Conference – members only)
  • Newcastle: 20 April 18.00-19.30
  • Harrogate: 23 April, 12.45-13.45 (National Union of Teachers National Conference – members only)
  • Glasgow: 24 April, 12.30-14.00 (NASUWT National Conference – members only)