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Nike, along with Adidas, Reebok, Fila, Puma, ASICS, and Mizuno, are investing billions of dollars in advertising and branding for the Olympics. For these corporate giants of the sportswear industry, the Athens games provide an opportunity to expand profits and build markets through an association with sporting success and the Olympian ideal. While the world's media spend two weeks focusing on the struggle for sporting success, away from the cameras thousands of workers - mostly women in the developing world -employed to produce the tracksuits, trainers, vests, and team uniforms will be engaged in a different type of struggle. They too are breaking records for the global sportswear industry: working ever-faster for ever-longer periods of time under arduous conditions for poverty-level wages, to produce more goods and more profit. Yet for them there are no medals, rewards, or recognition from the industry that they service.
  RESPECT WORKERS’ RIGHTS IN THE SPORTSWEAR INDUSTRY HOURSOF FORCED OVERTIMEIN ONE WEEK  MAKETRADEFAIR  ‘Quote tekst. Quote tekst. Quote tekst.’  Bron bron bron bron. 2   This report is the result of extensive collaboration between Oxfam, the Clean Clothes Campaign, Global Unions, especially the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation, and importantly, researchers in the six countries profiled. Special thanks to all the workers and factory managers and owners who shared their experiences and perspectives through the research process. We are grateful to the company representatives who made the time and effort to be interviewed for this report: Glenn Bennet, Evelyn Ulrich and Frank Henke of Adidas; Reiner Hengstmann, Reiner Seiz, and Stefan Seidel of Puma; Maria Eitel and Hannah Jones of Nike; and Lesley Roberts of Pentland Group. It was produced by Novib Oxfam Netherlands. Play Fair at the Olympics  is closely based on background studies commissioned together with partners in six countries (Bulgaria, Cambodia, China & Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey). We are grateful to all those who led or wrote these insightful studies: Bhumika Muchlala, Chen Yi-chi, Engine Sedat Kaya, Lek Yimprasert, Lyndsay Cunliffe, Rosanna Barbero, Tim Connor, and staff at BEPA. Special mention should be made of the contribution of Sumi Dhanarajan (as principal writer) and the following people: Duncan Pruett, Dwight Justice, Ineke Zeldenrust, Tim Connor, Doug Miller, Kate Raworth, and Kevin Watkins. The report greatly benefited from support and comments from Adrie Papma, Alison Woodhead, Angus Cleary, Ashvin Dayal, Alex Renton, Bernice Romero, Catherine Robinson, Dwight Justice, Duncan Pruett, Doug Miller, Esther de Haan, Gemma Freedman, Gerard Steehouwer, Henk Campher, Ineke Zeldenrust, Joss Saunders, Justin Forsyth, Katherine Daniels, Kiko Perez, Lek Yimprasert, Liz Leaver, Maggie Burns, Martia Hutjes, Marlies Filbri, Martin Kalungu-Banda, Mary Sue Smiaroski, Mike Bird, Penelope Gorman, Phil Bloomer, Phan Wanabriboon, Tim Connor, Tim Noonan, Thalia Kidder, Trini Leung, Sam Gurney and the GSBI Union Federation, and other Oxfam Community Aid Abroad advocacy partners in Indonesia who assisted with arranging the research. Acknowledgements First published by Oxfam GB.© Oxfam GB, Clean Clothes Campaign and ICFTU 2004.All rights reserved. This publication is copyright, but may be reproduced by any method without fee for advocacy, campaigning and teaching purposes, butnot for resale. The copyright holders request that all such use be registered with them for impact assessment purposes. For copying in any other circumstances, or for re-use in other publications, or for translation or adaptation, prior written permission must be obtained from any of the copyright holders, and a fee may be payable. Copies of this report and more information are available to download at www.fairolympics.org.Oxfam GB, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 DZ.E-mail: oxfam@oxfam.org.ukOxfam GB is registered as a charity (no. 202918) and is a member of Oxfam International. Printed by Oxfam GBOxfam ISDN 0-85598-535-6Original language: EnglishA catalogue record for this publication is available from the British Library.  79   The Clean Clothes Campaign  (CCC)  is an international coalition of consumer organizations, trade unions, researchers, human rights groups, solidarity activists, migrant, homeworker and women workers’ organizations, Fair Trade Shops and many other organizations, which aims to improve working conditions in the global garment industry. The Clean Clothes Campaign is based in 11 European countries, has approximately 250 member organizations and works closely with partner organizations in many garment-producing countries. http://www.cleanclothes.org Oxfam is a rights-based confederation of affiliated organizations working in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam affiliates are working together with others to build a global movement of citizens campaigning for economic and social rights. Oxfam believes that economic growth must be balanced with social equity to achieve a just and sustainable world.Oxfam affiliates participating in the Play Fair at the Olympics Campaign are Oxfam America, Oxfam-in-Belgium, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad (Australia), Oxfam GB,Intermón Oxfam (Spain), Oxfam Ireland, Novib Oxfam Netherlands, Oxfam New Zealand, Oxfam Quebec and Oxfam Germany. See www.maketradefair.com  and www.oxfaminternational.org Global Unions: the name “Global Unions” is used for the major institutions of the international trade union movement. Global Unions comprises:   the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), which represents most national trade union centres. Most individual unions relate through their national union centre to the ICFTU which has 233 affiliated organisations in 152 countries and territories on all five continents, with a membership of 151 million.   the ten Global Union Federations (GUFs),the international representatives of unions organising in specific industry sectors or occupational groups (EI, ICEM, IFJ, ITGLWF, PSI, ITF, IFBWW, IMF, IUF, & UNI - for full names, see www.global-unions.org ).   the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)An individual union will usually belong to a national union centre in its country, which will then affiliate to a world body such as the ICFTU. The same individual union will also usually affiliate to a GUF relevant to the industry where it has members. The ICFTU and ITGLWF (International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation) are the Global Unions organisations most closely involved with the campaign at the international level.
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