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Adidas and London Olympics in Sweatshop Scandal

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Azrael, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Exclusive to the Independent. Big story.



    "Olympic-branded gear – to be worn by British athletes and Games volunteers – is being manufactured for Adidas in sweatshop conditions in Indonesia, making a mockery of claims by London 2012 organisers that this summer's Games will be the most ethical ever.

    With just over 100 days to go before the Games begin, an investigation by The Independent has uncovered widespread violations of workers' rights in Indonesia, where nine locally owned and managed factories have been contracted to produce Olympic shoes and clothing for Adidas – the official sportswear partner of London 2012 and of the British team."

  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Yet we demonize Dwyane Wade for saying the participating athletes should be compensated for their time.
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Is it too late to hand the Olympics to Paris? Between that and this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/apr/13/olympics-2012-branding-police-sponsors
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    What do we expect from a movement that the Chinese embraced so wholeheartedly they imprisoned its own citizens for daring to make any sort of protest, even when their property was seized?

  5. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    This isn't the least bit surprising -- Adidas is just one of many.

    What the Independent articles don't say is that by Indonesian law, the safety inspections are required to be carried out by Indonesian inspectors. That makes it all the easier to "convince" someone to look the other way should something inconvenient come up despite the factory's best preparations.
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Don't fuck with Bucky.
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    A shoe company operating a sweatshop? I'm shocked!
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I think this will be met with a collective yawn.
  9. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Is there a chance that what we call sweatshops are business as usual in those countries?
  10. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    It's not business as usual here. Even if the pay isn't great for most factory workers, 65-hour weeks and locking workers in closets is far outside the norm.
  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    In America? Maybe.
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