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Sneaky stuff in footwear factories

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Workers in developing countries have a pretty raw deal. They’re paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in harsh – often dangerous – conditions. …

Workers in developing countries have a pretty raw deal. They’re paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in harsh – often dangerous – conditions.
Yet, they’re producing some of the world’s most expensive and coveted brands.
In the sportswear and garment industry – where much of our work focuses – most of these workers are women.
Major sportswear brands rake in billions of dollars in profits every year, spend millions of dollars on slick ad campaigns and sponsor the highest-earning players in sport from David Beckham to Michael Jordan.
But dig beneath this glamorous façade and you’ll see that this industry is built on the hard-working backs of some of the world’s poorest men and women.
Sportswear workers in Asia endure long hours in sweatshop-like conditions for on average less than US $3 a day and still struggle to feed and clothe themselves and their families.
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  • 1. The global sneaker and sportswear business
    turns over billions of dollars
    every year.
  • 2. But too often
    workers get a raw deal.
  • 3. They work very long hours at high intensity
    for low wages that keep them in poverty.
  • 4. Theyfrequently face discrimination
    and harassment at work.
  • 5. Many remain as contract workers
    giving them little job security.
  • 6. When workers try to organise for
    better wages and working conditions...
  • 7. ...they can lose their jobs
    and sometimes face violent retribution.
  • 8. So next time you
    buy a pair of sneakers...
  • 9. spare a thought
    for the women and men
    who put them together.
  • 10.
  • 11.
  • 12.
  • 13. End sneaky business
    in the sneaker industry.
  • 14. Ask footwear brands to
    respect workers
    and their human rights.
  • 15. www.oxfam.org.au/labour-rights-action

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