The 2012 London Olympics remain one of the most successful Olympics in history, but the management of the event was not without controversy when the scandal over the working conditions at factories that produce apparel for the Olympic Games broke. They were all produced in factories in Asian nations.
The unfavourable working circumstances faced by Asian industrial employees were made public by the “Play Fair at the Olympics” campaign. It is a programme to enhance working conditions for employees in Asian nations’ sportswear industries.
London An analysis of this campaign revealed how well-known clothing companies, some of which are British and worldwide, use people in factories in Asia with poor salaries, long hours, and restrictions on any right to demonstrate or form a union.
Misuse of power and forced labour
Numerous investigations and studies that were conducted months prior to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games revealed the working conditions of the employees who were in charge of producing the official sportswear for these events, all of whom were located in Asian nations, particularly in China and Sri Lanka.
The study, which was conducted on behalf of several British institutions working in the field of labour protection, visited 10 factories in China, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, 8 of which are dedicated to producing goods for the Olympic Games, and 175 workers were interviewed about their working conditions.
The study uncovered a number of violations of workers’ rights involved in producing clothing and goods for the London Olympic Games, one of which is that employees in a factory in Asia are contracted at two different locations separated by 200 km, forcing them to live in constant fear of moving away from their families in order to keep their jobs.
Workers in one plant also claimed that they were unable to use the required safety masks to guard against dust and that they were required to work overtime that exceeded the legal maximum limit.
Many employees said that their pay was so poor that they were had to mortgage their own credit cards to brokers as a guarantee in return for regular loans. London Some employees also claimed that they were informed that working overtime was required, not optional.
One of the taxing practises of workers is that they are required to work double shifts; some of them used to finish their work at two in the morning and had to report to work the following morning at eight; and one of the workers claimed that some companies would fire anyone who raised concerns about the working conditions with a colleague.
The survey also discovered indications of child labour, hazardous working conditions without even enough ventilation outlets, long work hours, and extremely poor pay.
The London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was very embarrassed after learning that all nine standards it had promised to uphold to protect the rights of employees in the Olympic supply chain had been broken after the publication of this research.
The British Committee affirmed that it will implement additional steps to provide employees with more protection, including disclosing information about workers’ employment rights, training them, and publicising the names and locations of the factories where the manufacturing process is carried out.
London Seb Coe, the chairman of the committee, then came forward to acknowledge that they had obtained the study’s findings, which had been overseen by the British Federation of Trade Unions, one of the biggest trade union federations in the world.
The British official then made an announcement stating that a thorough investigation and review of the sportswear production policy would be carried out, with the findings of these investigations to be made public. The outcomes, which haven’t been made public yet.