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From Athens to Beijing - a Sportswear Industry Program of CCC

Feb '06
Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) update on progress in the sportswear industry on workers' rights for Turin 2006.

Two years ago, to coincide with the Athens Olympic games, an international alliance of trades unions, labour rights groups and NGOs came together under the banner of the Play Fair Alliance to campaign for the Olympic ideals of respect, dignity and fair play to be respected in the global sportswear industry. This industry is intimately linked through sponsorship and marketing with the Olympic Games.

Following the dialogue that began with many companies and sporting bodies as a result of this campaign, a concrete set of proposals for the industry was drawn by the alliance called: "From Athens to Beijing - a Programme of work for the Sportswear Industry."

Separate proposals were developed for the Olympic family, given their special role as organizers and licence holders.

The 2006 Turin Olympic Winter Games mark the halfway point between Athens and Beijing, and so it is time to take stock of the progress made so far by the companies and organisations targeted.

While there is a mixed bag in terms of progress made, one thing is clear across the board: much remains to be done in the next two years. In particular, commitment to the rights to a living wage and to freedom of association and collective bargaining, both in principle and in practice, is lacking.

There is also much progress to be made in cooperation with local NGOs and trade unions on the ground.

Amsterdam based CCC is an international campaign, focused on improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries. There is a Clean Clothes Campaign in 9 European countries. These are Austria, Belgium (North and South), France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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