Researchers from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the U.K.’s national trade union representing the vast majority of organized workers, and Labour Behind the Label investigated the Olympics’ supply chain. They discovered child labour, excessive hours, poverty pay, dangerous working conditions and an absence of independent trade unions at factories producing Olympics-branded products. Most London Olympics products are being made in China.
The Olympics organizing committee has committed to several courses of action, including: publishing factory names and locations, promising workers the employment conditions set out by the Ethical Trading Initiative, publishing employee rights, and establishing a Chinese language hotline for workers to lodge complaints. They will also provide training on rights for some workers.
"We're hopeful that a marker has now been set for all future Games and that the International Olympic Committee will play a leading role in taking this work forward so that the exploitation of workers in Olympic supply chains can become a thing of the past,” said TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.