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Sportswear industry Offside! on workers’ rights

Author: Oxfam, Published on: 24 May 2006

As top sportswear brands prepare to showcase their wares at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Germany, behind the scenes many sportswear workers in Asia who attempt to unionise are facing intimidation or dismissal, according to a Oxfam International. Oxfam’s report...found that workers making...goods for global sports brands have been sacked or threatened with violence when they have organised unions...The majority of Asian sportswear workers are women from poor communities...Oxfam says that none of the big sports brands are doing enough to solve the problem...Oxfam’s...survey...found that FILA...was bottom of the league and had failed to address serious labour abuses in its supply chain...Oxfam says that Reebok has done the most to uphold sportswear workers' rights in Asia while other big brands such as Nike, adidas, Puma and Asics had made some improvements. [Oxfam’s report, "Offside! Labour Rights and Sportswear Production in Asia" available for downloading on the page - report also looks at Kappa, Lotto, Mizuno, New Balance, Speedo, Umbro]

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Related companies: adidas Asics FIFA Fila Kappa Lotto Mizuno New Balance Nike Pentland Group Puma Reebok (part of adidas) Speedo (part of Pentland Group) Umbro