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Saturday, 23 June 2007

A Sweat Free Olympics in China?...and Vancouver?

From a recent post on the Maquila Solidarity Network site:

"A new report released today [June 10, 2007] by the PlayFair 2008 Campaign exposes gross violations of workers’ rights by several Chinese factories supplying goods under license for the Beijing Olympics, including employment of children, adults being paid half the legal minimum wage, and employees forced to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, in unsafe and unhealthy conditions."

This also has implications for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver:

"Although the new PlayFair report does not include information on VANOC-licensed Olympics products, it does point to systemic problems in Chinese factories that should be of concern to the Olympics movement in Canada and internationally, especially since VANOC-licensed goods are also produced in China."

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