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NASUWT Support For Playfair 2012 Campaign

The NASUWT has pledged its support for the Playfair 2012 campaign which is pressing for the London Olympics to be sweatshop free.

Sportswear sales in the UK were estimated at £4.5 billion in 2010, with Adidas and Nike the global leaders, and Pentland (makers of Speedo) the largest UK-based brand. These household names will have a high profile at London 2012, and their sales and profits are predicted to rise as the games approach.

However, there is another story behind their prolific success. All three companies source their products from Sri Lanka and the NASUWT invited former garment worker and trade union activist Nirosha Priyadarshini Manankanda Dewage to speak at its Annual Conference at Easter about the realities facing sportswear workers in her country.

Here she explains more about why it is time for change.

The Playfair campaign aims to end these abuses and the campaign, which is being coordinated through the TUC, has had a number of successes including a commitment from the London 2012 organisers to compel suppliers to meet international labour standards. However, there is still much more to do to.

What you can do-

  • visit playfair2012.org.uk and take the campaign action to put pressure on sportswear brands to pay workers a living wage and improve working conditions
  • raise awareness among your students by using the new package of teaching resources designed by the NASUWT to promote the campaign.  Playfair 2012
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