John Carlos, Olympic Legend, on his fight for justice and supporting Playfair 2012

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, John Carlos used his moment on the winner’s podium to make a stand for human rights. His gesture of resistance, as part of the civil rights movement, and in solidarity with those living under Apartheid in South Africa and blue collar workers in the States, is a defining moment in the struggle for equality, justice and peace.

In May 2012, John Carlos met with representatives of the TUC and Playfair 2012 campaign as he toured the UK speaking about his ongoing fight for justice, and why we need to stand together and speak out against injustice at the local and global levels.

The Faces Behind the London 2012 Olympics

Shot on location in Cambodia, this short slideshow shows some of the people working to produce London 2012 branded adidas goods in Cambodia last September. Their stories can be read HERE.


Videos from the Playfair 2012 speaker tour

The Playfair 2012 national speaker tour, Workers: sweating for the Olympics, took place 7-11 June 2010, with events held in London, Nottingham, Newcastle and Scotland. From the London event, Part 1 features Frances O’Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary talking about why we need the Playfair 2012 campaign; Part 2,  Doug Miller, Inditex/ITGLWF Professor in Ethical Fashion talks about pressure on the sportswear industry and Olympic movement from the  international Play Fair campaign; and in Part 3, keynote speaker Lilis  Mahmudah, from the National Industrial Workers Union Federation, Indonesia, describes the reality on the ground for sportswear workers and current union campaigns.

Frances O’Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC:
Workers’ rights are human rights: Why we need the Playfair 2012 campaign

Doug Miller, Inditex/ITGLWF Professor in Ethical Fashion:
Pressuring sportswear brands and the Olympic Movement to respect workers’ rights

Lilis Mahmudah, Chair, Women’s Empowerment Programme, National Industrial Workers Union Federation, Indonesia
The reality for workers in sportswear supply chains

About the Playfair 2012 campaign