Some races of people get to parade around the Olympics
with wonderful outfits made by poor, decrepit races in Asia,
who get abused on top of it all, and remain in starvation.
Olympic brands caught up in abuse scandal
While Adidas, Nike and Puma make millions out of the Games,
their employees are claiming exploitation
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 3 March 2012 23.34 GMT
Workers in a factory supplying sportswear to the west.
Workers producing sportswear for Olympic sponsors
Adidas, Nike and Puma are beaten, verbally abused,
underpaid and overworked in Bangladeshi sweatshops,
a shocking investigation has discovered.
Workers for all three companies had been physically abused. In one Puma supplier, two thirds of the workers interviewed had been beaten, slapped, pushed or had their hair pulled by their managers.
Women working for all Adidas and Nike factories reported sexual harassment and workers for all three companies had to work illegally long hours for less than the minimum wage.
Some Adidas workers were paid as little as 9p an hour, with the average worker in all six factories investigated earning just 16p an hour.
Working with the charity War on Want and researchers in Bangladesh, the Observer found that many workers had been beaten, kicked or pushed, and publicly humiliated. In one Adidas supplier factory, one in three had to work more than 80 hours a week. Workers for all three firms said they faced cruel punishments if they tried to stand up for their legal rights. Aside from the beatings, they said they were sworn at, pushed, forced to undress, humiliated by being made to stand on a table, locked in the toilet or refused permission to use the toilets.
Hajera Khanom, 32, a worker in a factory supplying Puma, said: "They have slapped, kicked and pushed me often. Calling us by abusive names is frequently done. This hurt us emotionally and mentally."
Poppy Akter, from the same factory, said: "I have been scolded with very bad language, slapped, pulled by the hair, made to stand on the table and threatened to be fired and sent to jail."
Fazlul Huq, from an Adidas supplier, said managers swore at staff using "obscene" language. "I have been addressed with very bad words and names. I have been hurt by my senior colleagues. The supervisors and line-chiefs do very bad things to the girls," she said. Many of the other women said managers made them remove the dupatta (scarf) they use to cover their breasts.