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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics Athens 2005 homepage
    Descriptive info: .. Play Fair at the Olympics Campaign 2004.. The Play Fair campaign is one of the biggest ever mobilisations against abusive labour conditions.. Hundreds of organisations and many top athletes have participated in over 35 countries and more than half a million signatures have been collected in support of the campaign before the Olympic Games in Athens.. Over 500 local campaign events have been organised and this has helped contribute to extensive coverage on television, radio and in the press all over the world.. Spectacular events, demonstrations and actions which we don't want to forget and which are an inspiration to all of us.. Find photos, personal stories and campaign accounts under the section.. Actions, Stories Photo's.. By no means did we succeed in bringing all the activities together on this site, but it certainly will give you the idea on what went on!.. What did we achieve so far?.. This site has all.. the background information.. on the companies, labour conditions and everything else you want to know about the Olympics campaign and what has  ...   disappointing, but we will continue to campaign to ensure that the Olympic ideal extends to the women and men who make the world's sportswear.. Of course activities continue! Updates will be added to this site regularly.. We will continue pushing the sportswear sector, the companies and the Olympic family to take responsibility, up until Turin, Beijing, Vancouver and London!.. PlayFair 2008: Some members of the Play Fair Alliance are running a campaign in 2008 called PlayFair 2008.. To learn more, visit.. www.. playfair2008.. org.. Oxfam, Clean Clothes Campaign and Global Unions launch an international campaign on workers rights in the sportswear industry at a London Sports Stadium with painted athletes.. On August 11 in Athens an event celebrating the Play Fair campaign was held on a hilltop overlooking the Acropolis.. Photos from campaign events were attached to 2-metre high Olympic rings in front of giant letters which spelled the words Play Fair.. The event honoured the great events, actions and demonstrations that have been organised around the world for the Play Fair campaign up until now..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics Athens 2005 actions stories and photo's
    Descriptive info: Actions, stories and photo's.. Choose a country at the right side of the page for more information about actions in a specific country.. International Actions.. Longmarch Action 1500 Mass GSBI on 1th May 2004 Support to Play-Fair Olympic Campaign from Sudirman Street to Parlaiment Building Jakarta Indonesia.. SEE ACTIONS, STORIES AND PHOTO'S FROM.. Australia.. Austria.. Bangladesh.. Belgium.. Bulgaria.. Cambodia.. Canada.. Finland.. France.. Germany.. Greece.. Hong Kong.. India.. Indonesia.. Ireland.. Italy.. Japan.. Netherlands.. Pakistan.. Philipines.. Spain.. Sri Lanka.. Sweden.. Switzerland.. Taiwan.. Thailand.. UK.. USA..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics background
    Descriptive info: Background.. The story so far.. Play Fair at the Olympics , a campaign calling for Olympic values of ethics and fair play to be applied to the world's abused and exploited sportswear workers in this Olympic year, has arrived in Athens, home of the Olympics.. What progress have we made so far?.. The biggest anti-sweatshop mobilisation ever?.. August 2004 -.. This has been a creative and highly energetic global campaign with active participation of trade unions and labour rights organisations from all around the world, both in the consumer and the producer countries.. Hundreds of organisations and many top athletes have participated in over 35 countries and more than half a million signatures have been collected in support of the campaign.. The extent of actions at the sub-national level, which we estimate at over 500 local events, has also been impressive, and has helped contribute to extensive coverage on television, radio and in the press all over the world.. The European Parliament passed a resolution supporting the campaign aims, the British Parliament passed a motion supporting the campaign, and a bill entitled Play Fair at the Olympics was introduced in the US Congress.. Many members of several national parliaments also supported the campaign.. This mobilisation has made it abundantly clear to the sportswear sector that consumers and workers all share the same concerns about the abuse and exploitation of workers which lie behind the public face of much sportswear production.. Since March, the campaign has also contributed to increasing the chances of successful resolution of a number of ongoing disputes at sportswear suppliers, for example PT Busana Prima Global producing for Lotto, PT Teodore producing for Umbro and Reebok and PT Panarub producing for adidas.. The start of an industry-wide solution?.. We have succeeded in bringing seven major sportswear multinationals around the table with the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) to discuss our proposal for a Programme of Work to take us from Athens to Beijing, designed to bring an end to ongoing labour abuses in the sportswear industry.. The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry is at present considering this joint programme of work and we hope they will agree to work with us to implement it.. In July it established a new committee on corporate social responsibility which will discuss our proposals at their meeting in September.. We will be publicly reporting on progress (or lack of it).. Progress with individual companies:.. Parallel to this industry-wide approach the campaign team has met individually with 4 of the 7 highlighted companies (Puma, Asics, Mizuno and Umbro) to discuss how to improve their labour practices.. In general the meetings were constructive.. Campaign representatives discussed the findings outlined in the report, and clarified the campaign proposals.. In varying degrees the companies were moved to:.. - address freedom of association issues via worker training, to be organised in cooperation with Play Fair organisations (Umbro Puma).. - create space for direct dialogue with the International Textile, Leather and Garment Workers' Federation regarding workers' rights to form and join trade unions (notably Puma and Umbro).. - develop more credible workplace investigations and complaints procedures and engage directly with local stakeholders (notably Puma and Umbro).. - pay greater attention to the impact of purchasing practices on ethical programmes and share relevant information with the campaign (Puma).. - evaluate and further develop their labour practice policies, including supply chain mapping and wage criteria (notably Asics and Mizuno).. - call upon the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry to play a more active role in putting forward an industry wide benchmark, specifically to facilitate progress for the smaller companies such as Lotto, Mizuno and Asics.. - consider working with other active companies and non-governmental organisations via the Fair Labor Association (Umbro has applied for membership, Asics is considering this, Puma had joined FLA prior to the campaign).. Formal responses from the sportswear industry to the Play Fair Programme of Work :.. Fair Labour Association:.. The FLA member companies (including Nike, Reebok, adidas and Puma) jointly responded to the Programme of Work that was presented by the campaign and confirmed the central importance of promoting freedom of association and the need for additional guidance for monitors on this issue, and for developing remedial strategies that provide workers with the awareness and the environment needed to form or join organizations of their own choice.. FLA companies will also work to develop more effective complaints mechanisms and new forms of dialogue and cooperation with local stakeholders.. Reebok:.. Has welcomed campaign input on improving worker participation initiatives.. Is addressing freedom of association issues by focusing on worker representation programmes in the field.. Actively pursuing a programme to prevent blacklisting of trade union representatives in factories.. Supports a sectoral approach.. Open to a role for the ILO in a sectoral approach.. Our campaign report helped in thinking on ways to improve implementation of code of conduct.. Welcomed future contacts.. Puma:.. Was one of the first companies to invite the campaign to its HQ to discuss the campaign report and explore collaboration.. Open to working with local organizations in support of internal monitoring efforts.. Working with a researcher to investigate the connection between code implementation and purchasing practices.. Willing to discuss attendance at a regional consultation and planning meeting in Asia in 2004.. Adidas:.. Supports the proposal to hold a multi-stakeholder conference in Asia  ...   objective of averting labour abuses; and that powerful brands need to integrate their fair labour pledges into their purchasing practices in the global supply chain.. Most significantly, we have pushed the sportswear industry to begin discussing an industry-wide solution.. The IOC's refusal to play a pro-active role in solving this problem is intensely disappointing, but we will continue to campaign to ensure that the Olympic ideal extends to the women and men who make the world's sportswear.. June 22nd 2004 a colourful procession marched through the streets of Amsterdam as part of the international Play Fair at the Olympics campaign.. DOCUMENTS:.. March 2004 -.. First press release of the campaign:.. Betraying the Olympic spirit.. New campaign calls for sportswear companies to clean up their act.. Report: Play Fair At The Olympics.. Respect workers rights in the sportswear industry.. This report asks fundamental questions about the global sportswear industry questions that go to the heart of debates on poverty, workers rights, trade, and globalisation.. Olympism , in the words of the Olympic Charter, seeks to create a way of life based on respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.. This report shows that the business practices of major sportswear companies violate both the spirit and the letter of the Charter.. Download the Olympic Report in.. English.. Spanish.. French.. German.. Dutch.. Sportswear industry data and company proflies- Background information for the Play Fair at the Olympics Campaign.. March 2004, The report includes information on Puma Fila, Umbro, Asics, Mizuno, Lotto, Kappa, and New Balance.. They have been labeled B brands because, in terms of their market share, they form a second rung of manufacturers in the sportswear industries, just below the market leaders or the so-called A brands: Nike, Reebok and Adidas.. July 2004,.. From Athens to Beijing.. a Programme of Work for the Sportswear Industry.. The Play Fair at the Olympics Campaign: an evaluation of the company responses.. June 2005, The Play Fair at the Olympics Campaign has urged 'sportswear companies and the International Olympic Committee to bring about an industry-wide solution to the abuse and exploitation of workers in global sportswear supply chains'.. Toward this aim, seven companies - Asics, Fila, Kappa, Lotto, Mizuno, Puma, and Umbro - were highlighted during the international public campaign.. A Play Fair Alliance evalution of the WFSGI response to the Play Fair at the Olympics Campaign.. April 2005, The aim of this report is to present an accurate reflection of the dialogue which took place with the WFSGI.. Still Seeking Fair Play.. The Olympics campaign moves on.. July 2005 - After months of relentless campaigning, the organisations taking part in the Play Fair at the Olympics campaign took stock of their achievements.. On December 16-17, 2004 an evaluation meeting was held by the campaign's steering group, which is made up of representatives from Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC), the CCC, Global Unions, Oxfam, and the Thai Labour Campaign.. How are they doing?.. Clean Clothes Campaign update on progress in the sportswear industry on workers' rights for Turin 2006.. Jan 2006 - From the 10th to 26th February 2006, the Olympic Winter Games will take place in Turin, Italy.. 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.. The Olympic Winter Games mark the halfway point between the Olympic Games in Athens and the Olympic Games in Beijing, and so it is time to take stock of the steps made by the companies and organisations highlighted.. IOC on thin ice over workers' rights.. Feb 2006- The Play Fair Alliance, which brings together trade unions and labour rights groups worldwide launched a campaign at the 2004 Athens Olympics to urge the IOC and sportswear brands to take action to weed out the exploitation endemic to the industry.. At the occurrence of the Turin Olympics, the Clean Clothes Campaign published an update on the steps being taken by the brands, the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industries and the Olympic family since the Athens Olympics.. During this Olympics we especially express our dismay at the IOC's lack of commitment to ensuring that the Olympic ideals of respect, dignity and fair play are respected by the global sportswear industry.. Read more.. May 2006.. Offside!.. Oxfam publishes report on labour rights and sportswear production in Asia This publication is part of a broader drive within the Clean Clothes Campaign to provide a gender analysis of labour rights issues.. The report concludes that sportswear companies are failing to ensure that workers making their products have the right to freedom of association.. Although some companies are involved with positive initiatives which have led to improved conditions in some factories, still their overall approach to trade union rights has been inconsistent and at times contradictory.. Despite having received wide support from various National Olympic Committees for the Play Fair campaign at the conference, Jacques Rogge, head of the International Olympic Committee, was reluctant to accept the Play Fair at the Olympics report.. When a copy was offered to Mr.. Rogge as he left the conference he refused it, saying: I don't know what you're talking about , as he got into his car and left..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics contact
    Descriptive info: Contact.. The Clean Clothes Campaign.. (CCC) is an international coalition of consumer organizations, trade unions, researchers, human rights groups, solidarity activists, migrant, homeworker and women workers organizations, worldshops and many other organizations, that aims to improve workingconditions in the global garment industry.. The Clean Clothes Campaign is based in 11 European countries, has approximately 250 member organizations and works closely with partner organizations in many garment-producing countries.. See.. cleanclothes.. Global Unions.. : the name Global Unions is used for the major institutions of the international trade union movement.. Global Unions comprises:.. 1.. the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), which represents most national trade union centres.. Most individual unions relate through their national union centre to the ICFTU which has 231 affiliated organisations in 150 countries and territories on all five continents, with a membership of 158 million.. 2.. the ten Global Union Federations (GUFs),the international representatives of unions organising in specific industry sectors or occupational groups (EI, ICEM, IFJ, ITGLWF, PSI, ITF, IFBWW, IMF, IUF, UNI - for full names, see.. global-unions.. 3.. the Trade Union Advisory  ...   the Global Unions organisations most closely involved with the campaign at the international level.. Oxfam International.. is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.. To do this, the Oxfams are working to become part of a movement capable of global responses to global issues.. We seek increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice is crucial to sustainable development.. On this, we aim to become a global campaigning force and to promote the awareness and motivation that comes with global citizenship.. The Oxfams seek to shift public opinion on poverty, economic inequity and hunger until equity is given the same priority as economic growth.. maketradefair.. com.. and.. oxfaminternational.. The arrival of the Olympic torch was the starting signal for a 'mass sew-in' taking place in the heart of Sydney.. CCC-Austria and ÖGB (Austrian federation of trade unions) launched the campaign with an action in front of the office of the Austrian Olympic Committee.. June 30, 2004 - Action and Street theatre at Torch Relay Berlin..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics - International Actions
    Descriptive info: Body painted athletes launch Fair Olympics campaign in London.. In London the international Play Fair at the Olympics 2004 campaign on workers rights in the sportswear industry was launched by Oxfam, the Clean Clothes Campaign and Global Unions at a sports stadium with body painted athletes.. Play Fair promotes the campaign at IOC conference on women and sports.. Clean Clothes, Global Unions and Oxfam arrived at the International Olympic Committee's 3rd World Conference on Women and Sports in Marrakech, Morocco to inform the Olympic Movement about the campaign's goals.. Many at the Conference were supportive of the campaign, including Erica Terpstra, President of the Dutch National Olympic Committee.. In her speech at the first Plenary Session, entitled Celebrating International Women's Day - What relevance to women in sport? , she mentioned the Play Fair campaign and called on women to look beyond the world of sports.. As expected, International Labour Day on 1 May was a big day for the Play Fair campaign.. Here's a sample of some of the campaign actions.. In Tirupur in South India 4 800 workers participated in demonstrations highlighting the appalling conditions facing sportswear workers, organised by the MLF trade union and supported by the human rights organisation SAVE.. There was good local media coverage.. In Mirpur in Bangladesh several hundred garment workers marched down the main street chanting Play Fair at the Olympics - Respect Workers' Rights!.. The march was organised by the Bangladesh National Garment Workers' Federation.. In Bangkok, the May Day rally was one of the biggest ever, with 60-80,000 people protesting about a range of issues including electricity privatisation and minimum wage levels.. Workers involved in the Thai Labour Working Group carried creative Play Fair campaign banners and distributed 2,000 campaign fliers.. In Perth in Australia Play Fair campaigners were body-painted in the Olympic colours ensuring that they stood out in the annual May Day rally.. In Brisbane campaign supporters waved placards and banners and marched around the clothesline of Olympics dirty washing bearing phrases such as 1 death threat for trying to join a union and $3 a day for making $120 running shoes.. In Columbo, Sri Lanka, the Free Trade Zones General Sevices Employees Union carried a banner in the May Day march which said: MAKE PLAY FAIR AT THE OLYMPICS BY RESPECTING WORKERS RIGHTS IN THE SPORTSWEAR INDUSTRY.. The march highlighted such issues as freedom of association, compulsory overtime for women workers and alternative employment for garment workers who will lose their jobs as a result of the phase-out of the Multi-Fibre Agreement.. In Pakistan, members of the Working Women Organisation carried Play Fair campaign posters in their International Labour Day rally and released a statement to the press about the campaign.. In Indonesia, members of the Indonesian trade union GSBI demonstrated outside of the Jakartan office of Nike.. In Kaohsiung city in Taiwan the Play Fair campaign featured in a march and rally organised by the Kaohsiung City Human Rights Association, Taiwan Democratic Labor Party, Taiwan Gay and  ...   on working conditions.. The forum was organised by Global Unions and the Belgian arm of the Clean Clothes Campaign.. Industry and Olympic representatives also recognised the important role that activists involved in NGOs and trade unions can play in changing the way the industry works.. Thierry Zintz from the Belgian National Olympic Committee said, The participation of NGOs and trade unions is necessary to exert pressure on sportswear companies, in a sort of triangular model.. A representative from adidas, Frank Henke, echoed this view, arguing in favour of cooperation between civil society and the sportswear industry to change the current scenario.. SEW-IN NEAR ACROPOLIS.. In what is being billed as the biggest anti-sweatshop mobilization ever, the Clean Clothes Campaign, Global Unions and Oxfam are challenging the IOC and sportswear companies to accept their responsibility to stop the exploitation of workers producing the sportswear that is marketed through the Olympic games.. On August 10 a large group of faceless activists working at sewing machines on a rooftop in the center of Athens, with the Acropolis as the backdrop, will draw attention to the plight of exploited faceless workers.. In March 2004 the coalition launched a campaign on abuse and exploitation of sportswear workers entitled Play Fair at the Olympics.. Research revealed inadequate wages, high levels of compulsory overtime, impossibly high work targets, denial of workers' rights, sexual harassment and verbal abuse in the sportswear industry worldwide.. Hundreds of organizations have participated in the campaign in over 35 countries.. There were more than 500 local events and more than half a million signatures have been collected in support of the campaign.. Supporters included Olympians like Spanish cyclist Miquel Indurain, Canadian middle distance runner Bruce Kidd, US hammer thrower Kevin McMahon, Spanish synchronized swimmer Gemma Mengual, Australian swimmer Sarah Houbolt, Dutch long distance runner Kamiel Maase and the French World Cup soccer player Didier Deschamps.. Several sports brands (Nike, adidas, Reebok and Puma) have responded to campaign proposals to bring labor abuses across the sportswear sector to an end.. They confirm the importance of respecting workers' rights and have shown willingness to work on several areas outlined in the proposals.. Other highlighted companies and the industry association representing the sporting goods companies globally have been slower to respond.. The IOC however is refusing either to take any moral leadership on the issue, or to take responsibility for workers' rights in Olympic sponsorship and licensing programs at global, national and games level.. Furthermore it is refusing to accept the more than half a million signatures in Athens.. DOCUMENTS.. New campaign calls for sportswear companies to clean up their act.. International Play Fair at the Olympics flyer.. Sports Kit Case study flyer.. Members of the Working Women Organisation carried Play Fair campaign posters in their International Labour Day rally and released a statement to the press about the campaign.. Free Trade Zones General Services Employees Union together with three major independent unions in Sri Lanka have commemorated May Day with the joint demonstration and rally in Colombo..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics - Australia
    Descriptive info: The 'Lives of Women Sportswear Workers' Quilt.. People dressed as sportswear workers sitting behind sewing machines put the finishing touches to a giant quilt, which was then presented to the Australian Olympic Committee.. The quilt, made from hundreds of coloured panels depicting the life and work of women sportswear workers in developing nations and adorned with slogans, solidarity messages and signatures.. People who have contributed include campaign supporters in Australia, Spain and Ireland and garment workers in Thailand, Indonesia, Honduras and Morocco.. Travelling from Sydney to Barcelona, Ireland and finally Greece, the quilt drew great attention to the Play Fair campaign actions and the global support for sportswear workers' rights.. National speaking tour: Unmasking exploitation in the sportswear industry.. The national speaking tour by Thai garment worker Somphit (Noi) Pongkhwa and Thai Labour Campaign activist Premjai (Yong) Jaikla was a great success.. Noi and Yong travelled to Australia's six major cities speaking to hundreds of people at public meetings, made numerous media appearances and made contact with workers and unions in Australia.. As they travelled around the country, the 'Lives of women sportswear workers' quilts accompanied them.. The first part of this spectacular quilt has been stitched by supporters all over Australia.. In Sydney delegates to International Youth Parliament had Noi and Yong as expert advisors for their consideration of issues around labour rights.. Another highlight was a visit to the offices of the Australian Olympic Committee where 600 letters, asking for fair and decent conditions for garment workers, were handed over.. In Brisbane, Sydney 2000 Paralympian Sarah Houbolt joined Noi and Yong at a public meeting of 100 people to express her support for the campaign.. Three-time Australian Olympic gymnast Graham Bond (representing Australia at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 games) joined the visiting Thai speakers on a visit to local factories to help endorse the campaign.. Adelaide had in excess of 200 at their combined public meeting and dance performance.. The innovative dance piece Made in Australia by Adelaide choreographer and dancer Tina Evans explored issues of exploitation in the garment industry and was a dramatic start to a powerful evening.. Noi and Yong also attend a variety of functions in Perth, Melbourne and Canberra.. All who attended the many meeting Noi and Yong spoke at were moved by the personal  ...   Music in Adelaide, South Australia.. The Play Fair at the Olympics campaign stall at the Womadelaide Festival saw a record number of people visiting over the weekend, with 2,800 signatures collected for the labour rights petition and over 1100 signed letters for us to deliver to the Olympic committee and sportswear companies.. The stall featured a full-size clothes line sporting singlets with campaign slogans printed on them, Make Trade Fair T shirts and assorted sportswear gently waved in the breeze.. Oxfam's green pull your finger out for fair trade foam glove fingers were seen all over the park with many a fan bopping seriously to the wonderful music, their fingers held aloft for all to see.. With campaign T-shirts, campaign tattoos and the giant fingers visible everywhere, the Play Fair at the Olympics campaign made an unforgettable presence at the festival.. The response was overwhelming said Sally McHenry, Campaign Coordinator in Adelaide.. The link between the high ideals of the Olympic Movement and the suffering of the women who make the sportswear obviously struck a chord with people and they were keen to show their support for the changes that we are calling for.. Many, many thanks and congratulations to the team of Adelaide volunteers who made the weekend such a success and got the campaign off to such a great start in South Australia!.. Living statues at May Day rally in Perth.. To ensure that they stood out in the annual May Day rally Play Fair campaigners in Sydney and Perth were body-painted in the Olympic colours.. In just three hours these living statues collected 500 signatures in support of the campaign!.. Personal experience of a Fair Wear campaigner in Australia.. Java's Olympic Struggle: Faster, Cheaper, Poorer.. Australian Financial Review - April 16, 2004.. ACTU slams IOC over Olympic sportswear.. Herald Sun, March 5 2004.. Olympics supports sportswear sweatshop, says agency.. Sydney Morning Herald - June 1, 2004.. Workers 'exploited' in Athens run-up.. The Weekend Australian, March 4 2004.. LINKS.. See:.. Fair Wear.. Oxfam Australia.. Noi and Yong with one of the 'Lives of women sportswear workers' quilts.. Garment workers at Noi's co-operative factory in Thailand made the dignity returns panel.. The Play Fair at the Olympics campaign stall at the Womadelaide Festival saw a record number of people visiting over the weekend..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics - Austria
    Descriptive info: Grecian Gods ask for Fairness.. The Olympic Games 2004 were the reason for the Grecian gods to descend from the Olympus.. Themis (goddess of Justice), Hera (godess of Heros), Hermes (god of trade), Nike (godess of victory) and Zeus (God of thunder) fought in the name of the Clean Clothes Campaign for improving the working conditions in sportswear factories.. This spectacular event took place on one of the most famous shopping streets in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday the 19th June 2004.. The action was to call attention to the Play Fair at the Olympics Campaign, which demanded that sportswear companies and the International Olympic Committee took action to respect workers' rights.. The five activists of the Austrian Clean Clothes Campaign, who wore white togas, were gazed at by the surprised passers-by.. Because of this eye catcher event it was possible to collect 200 signatures for the Gobal Petition during one afternoon, which was a big success for the Grecian gods and the Campaign!.. Launch in  ...   presented the report to the AOC.. Their president had no time on the 4th of March but instead offered to meet with the campaigners on March 10th.. The accompanying press release got support from the social democratic and green party, who also did a press release on the subject themselves.. With this, an article appeared in the sports section of Der Standard, which is one of the two big quality dailies in Austria.. Women's Marathon.. In Austria, on 8 June the Women's Marathon featured a Play Fair flyer in the starter bags of the 8,000 runners, generating much interest and persuading many athletes to join the campaign.. June 19, 2004 - The Olympic Games 2004 were the reason for the Grecian gods to descend from the Olympus.. Verrat an der olympischen Idee?.. Austrian Press Agency - March 4, 2004.. Im Schatten von Olympia.. Der Standard - March 11, 2004.. Clean Clothes Kampagne.. ÖGB.. Hera.. Zeus Hermes.. Themis Nike - copyright photos: Michael Klein - mike@photolocation..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics- Bangladesh
    Descriptive info: Olympic Campaign in Bangladesh.. In Bangladesh, the National Garments Workers Federation started the Olympic Campaign on the 19th of March 2004.. The rally started at the central place of the capital Dhaka.. Several hundreds of garment workers participated in the rally.. After having passed some of the main streets the rally was finished at the corner of Paltan.. Before starting the rally, the workers were addressed by several speakers, among others Amirul Haque Amin, general secretary of the NGWF, Miss Shahida Sarker, vice president, Miss Nurun Nahar, vice president and Miss Safia Pervin, treasurer of the federation.. The speakers declared: The Olympic games will be held from 13th to 29th august in Athens, the capital city of Greece.. Multinational companies related with sportswear and garments like Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma, Fila, Umbro, Asics, Lotto, Mizun, Kappa and New Balance earn billions of Taka from their business.. Many of them sponsor the Olympics for their publicity, name and fame.. But these MNC's are totally irresponsible about the workers in  ...   majority of the workers is working 12 to 16 hours per day and 7 days a week.. Many of them are working in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.. The majority of them do not have the right to organize or the right to bargain.. For the ongoing pressure of consumers in developed countries the MNC's are now saying that they have a code of conduct.. This code of conduct seems nice and positive.. But the MNC's are not serious about their claimed code of conduct.. In the factories this code is not being followed, and MNC's are not taking proper initiatives to force implementation.. The NGWF announced a month-long Olympic Campaign Programme beginning on March 22.. The programme included the submission of memorandum to Bangladesh Olympic Committee, sending a letter to the IOC on March 23, (garment)workers' mobilizations-in Dhaka, Chittagong, Savar, Tongi and a joint meeting of garment workers federations and NGOs in Dhaka.. The National Garments Workers Federation started the Olympic Campaign on the 19th of March 2004..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics - Belgium
    Descriptive info: Campaign snapshot: Belgium.. Belgium may be a small country, but Belgians have mobilised for the Play Fair Campaign in a big way.. Trade Unions, Oxfams and the Clean Clothes Campaign have organised an alternative torch relay , which started on March 27 in different corners of Belgium and converged on Brussels on April 24.. Local groups organised more than 100 local actions involving schoolchildren, sports teams, students and community members.. Alternative torches carrying the message of the campaign have been walked through city centres and ridden on bikes between towns - accompanied by a variety of local actions, such as alternative Olympic Games for children; creative fashion-shows with sportswear logos covered; a treasure hunt in Leuven where people had to search for information about the Play Fair campaign.. Local sports teams in Gent competed to see who could cycle the furthest carrying scrolls displaying the campaign message.. Furthermore a multicultural festival has been organised on the grounds of the University of Gent, dedicated to the Play Fair campaign.. Cycling to Athens.. On Friday July 30th, a group of 26 men and 1 woman began a monstertour that was taking them from Leuven to the Home of the Olympics.. Under the Auspices of the Belgian Clean Clothes Campaign and Govaka, a group of 27 good humoured amateur cyclists gathered in Leuven to take on the 2000 kilometre trip through Europe in order to reach the Olympic capital on August 12th.. At 8 AM, under flashlights and cameras of the Belgian press, the Play Fair pack departed for their first destination -the city of Arlon, 200 kilometres away.. Focal point of Leuven-Athens 2004 is to draw attention to the Play Fair campaign.. Support for the tour has been overwhelming, as the cyclists along the route have been aided by local authorities, campaigners and sportsmen and women.. On August 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland, for example, the pack was greeted by campaigners  ...   International is ready to communicate.. We, CCC Belgium, warned Fila Belgium that we would pay them a visit.. We mobilised 10 people, invited the press, took our posters and banners and knocked on the door.. In the meantime they had found out about our plans.. They were not ready to talk neither to the group nor to the press; only one person was allowed to go in.. In the conversation that took place with Frieda De Koninck, coordinator of CCC, the administrator and one of the employees said they had downloaded the Olympic report and thought we were well informed.. They said they felt in an impossible position to influence decision-making concerning working conditions.. They felt under attack.. After a while they said they were ready to pass the message to the managing director although they doubted he would be willing to react or pass on the message to Fila International.. Until now the members of the delegation - both union (ACV) and NGO people (Wereldsolidariteit) - that live in Ostend had not been aware of the fact that Fila Belgium is located in their city.. They felt motivated to find out more about the company, the people that work there and the managing director.. We got media coverage from the regional TV and 2 regional newspapers.. Frieda De Koninck.. CCC Belgium.. July 30th 2004 - Agroup of 26 men and 1 woman began a monstertour that will take them from Leuven to the Home of the Olympics.. Flyer international forum Brusseles.. Belgium CCC -.. Flemish-speaking.. French and German-speaking.. A multicultural festival has been organised on the grounds of the University of Gent, dedicated to the Play Fair campaign.. Although CCC Belgium tried several times, it turned out to be impossible to arrange a meeting with the managing director of Fila, so we mobilised 10 people, invited the press, took our posters and banners and knocked on the door..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics - Australia
    Descriptive info: Olympics Actions in Sofia, Bulgaria.. On the 24th of June, 70 Play Fair campaigners carrying brightly coloured banners took part in a march that passed along Vassil Levski boulevard.. The activists chanted 'Igraite cestno na Olimpiadata!' [Play fair at the Olympics!] and international slogans, and handed out leaflets.. The march stopped outside the offices of the Bulgarian Olympics Committee, where Ivan Tishev from the Bulgarian CCC and Esther  ...   that the Bulgarian Olympic Committee support the demands of the Play Fair at the Olympics campaign.. The demonstration ended outside the Bulgarian national stadium, where a giant clock counted down the days till the kick off of the Games.. June 24nd 2004 Sofia - The activists chanted 'Igraite cestno na Olimpiadata!' [Play fair at the Olympics!] and international slogans, and handed out leaflets.. Women's Alliance for Development.. (WAD) Foundation..

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  • Title: Play Fair at the Olympics - Cambodia
    Descriptive info: From March 25 to 27 trade unions, women's groups and labour rights organisations from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand met in Phnom Penh to plan the Asian contribution to Play Fair At The Olympics.. Speakers at the meeting strongly emphasised that the campaign must focus on concrete ways that workers themselves can get more power to improve their lives.. They particularly want sportswear brands to ensure that workers are allowed to form unions and bargain together for better wages and conditions.. The meeting was organised jointly by the Asia Monitor Resource Centre, the Thai Labour Campaign and the Clean Clothes Campaign and was  ...   sportswear factories.. By candle-light in tiny concrete rooms (each of which) housed up to three women) they discussed their lives and their work.. All the people at the meeting were struck by the similarities in the issues facing these women and those facing women workers in their home countries in other parts of Asia.. From March 25 to 27 2003 trade unions, women's groups and labour rights organisations from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand met in Phnom Penh to plan the Asian contribution to Play Fair At The Olympics.. Asia Monitor Resource Centre.. Thai Labour Campaign.. Clean Clothes Campaign.. Womyn's Agenda for Change..

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