From the TUC

Coca-Cola backs global union call for an independent review of FIFA

17 Jul 2015, By

The global trade union movement’s campaign for workers’ rights to be a key element of mega-sporting events is often obscured by the cesspit that is FIFA. Migrant construction workers preparing the infrastructure for the 2022 Qatar World Cup face squalid living conditions, slavery and even death. And yet the corruption and bribery that seems to characterise FIFA decision-making gets a lot more publicity. But now global unions and FIFA sponsors are getting together to address both issues: calling for an independent review commission to reform FIFA and make it fit for purpose as the governing body of the world’s most popular sport.

Unions launched the call for the independent review and tonight it has been revealed that one of FIFA’s biggest corporate sponsors, Coca-Cola, has joined that call, writing to FIFA to say:

“We believe that establishing this independent commission will be the most credible way for Fifa to approach its reform process and is necessary to build back the trust it has lost.”

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) leader Sharan Burrow commented:

“It’s now time for the other sponsors such as Visa, Adidas and McDonalds to take a stand against corruption and put the game back on track. Football and other sports carry the passions of billions around the world, can effect real change and solidarity. Corruption has no place in this. We back the leadership of Coca-Cola and call on the FIFA executive to do the right thing on Monday.”

Even McDonald’s has now backed the call for fundamental FIFA reform. You can add your own voice at the SaveFIFA website, sending a message to the English Football Association or the equivalent in Northern Ireland, Scotland etc.

One Response to Coca-Cola backs global union call for an independent review of FIFA

  1. At the summit: fans keen to support FIFA reform | STRONGER UNIONS
    Jul 18th 2015, 11:08 pm

    […] The summit, with well over two hundred fans in attendance, is the annual get together of FSF members and those of their companion online fan group Supporters Direct. Launching the conference with a panel on FIFA reform turned out to be extremely zeigeisty, as the ITUC and SKINS revealed last night that Coca Cola had back their call for an independent FIFA reform commission (as reported by Stronger Unions yesterday). […]