Sportswear brands commit to decent work in the Philippines

An adidas worker in Cambodia producing goods for the London Olympics / Credit: Will Baxter

An adidas worker in Cambodia producing goods for the London Olympics / Credit: Will Baxter

A ground-breaking cooperation agreement on respecting national labour laws and freedom of association has been signed by major brands, the government, unions, NGOs and suppliers in the Philippines.

The agreement, signed on 17 August, resulted from a multi-stakeholder meeting organised by global union IndustriALL and the ITUC, and followed publication of Play Fair research Fair Games? which documented extensive labour rights violations in the Mactan Processing Zone. In the agreement, parties commit to working together on a number of issues including low awareness of workers’ rights, wages, lack of authentic worker representation and precarious working arrangements. Sportswear brands that have signed up include Adidas, Brooks Running and New Balance.

Read more http://www.ituc-csi.org/improving-working-conditions-in.html

August 22nd, 2012

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