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Unions urge World Cup organizers to disclose source of clothing
Aug '09
Trade Unions connected to the textile and clothing industry in South Africa have called on the organizers of the 2010 soccer world cup and the world football federation (FIFA) to ensure that sportswear clothing ordered for next year's tournament is not manufactured in sweat shops.

Steve Grinter of the International Textile and Garment Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) has urged both the football bodies to disclose, as to where the sportswear and clothing would come from.

He said that there is no restriction as of now as to where a brand may place orders as they may do it, in a country which offers the lowest cost of production and as they do not have control over the workforce, in all likelihood the clothing would be produced in Asian garment sweat shops.

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union has signed an agreement with the organising committee, which provides that all producers of FIFA-branded sportswear in South Africa must comply with the collective bargaining agreement for the industry, and all producers must be members of the clothing industry bargaining council.

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