Sportswear giant and Olympic sponsor Adidas, which produced the official Team GB outfit, is facing scrutiny after revelations that their official merchandise for the London Games is being made by Cambodian garment workers who are paid basic wages of only US$15(£10) a week.
The London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has launched an investigation after workers at Adidas's Shen Zhou factory in Cambodia told the Daily Telegraph they earned a basic salary of US$61 (£40) a month for working eight hours a day, six days a week, plus a US$5 (£3) allowance for healthcare.
Adidas is believed to have invested £100 million in the Games and is one of the event's largest sponsors. The firm manufactured the official Team GB outfit, which was designed by Stella McCartney. However, workers at the company's Shen Zhou factory on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh work up to 10 hours a day, six days a week, according to the report in the Daily Telegraph.
In response, Adidas said that workers at the factory make an average of US$130 (£83) a month and would receive a wage increase from September. An Adidas spokesman said: "We are confident we are adhering to and, in fact, exceeding the high standards set by LOCOG."3 : GS(14)@2012-07-16 23:23:59
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t is one of the 2012 Games' largest sponsors, believed to have invested £100 million, and manufactured the official Team GB outfit designed by Stella McCartney.
But at the company's Shen Zhou factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, The Daily Telegraph discovered that poor machinists were working up to 10 hours a day, six days a week, to produce the official Olympics merchandise that thousands of fans will buy in stores throughout Britain.
Living in squalid conditions, workers said they earned a basic salary of $61 (£40) a month for working eight hours a day, six days a week, plus a $5 allowance for health care. They said they could take their wages up to $120 (£78) by increasing their hours to 10 per day.
Adidas insisted on Friday that workers at the factory made an average of $130 a month, and would get a pay rise later this year, along with other garment industry workers.
Anna McMullen of the campaign group Labour Behind the Label, said that was still lower than what they regarded as a living wage for a Cambodian worker with a family. "The minimum wage in Cambodia is horrendously low – $66 a month," she said. "But the living wage for a worker with two children is $260."
Campaigners said the treatment of the workers amounted to a breach of an agreement with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) that merchandisers must pay workers a sustainable living wage. A Locog spokesman said yesterday it was concerned by the allegations and would investigate.
The Shen Zhou factory manufactures the adidas "fanwear" for the 2012 Olympics.
Soun So-phat, a 30-year-old mother of two, said she sent half of her money home to her parents, who look after her young daughters in their provincial village.
She had left to look for work in the capital because she could not earn enough money from planting rice to feed her children.
Now she can feed them, but the money she has left over is not enough for her to eat properly. "It is hard work. I send home $60 per month and I live on $40. I eat three times a day but it's not good food," she said.
She lives with five other workers in a single room where they sleep three to a bed on hard, wooden cots. They share an attached squatting lavatory and cook a few feet away. Wet clothes hang on lines over head. "It is difficult but we have to earn money," she said.
Toch Srey-noun, 32, who works as a pattern cutter making adidas garments, said she had no idea how much they cost to buy. In an adidas store it was $39.99 – the amount she earned in two weeks.
"I work here to get money for my family," she said. "My father and my husband died. I have a 10-year-old son. I send around $50 per month to my mother."
A spokesman for adidas confirmed that the Phnom Penh factory produced Olympic "fanwear" but denied that the workers' pay and conditions were in breach of the organising committee's standards.
"Adidas is confident we comply with all Locog standards. Workers at the factory earn an average of $130 a month, which is well above the minimum wage," he said.
A Locog spokesman said: "We understand that the Shen Zhou factory is part of the International Labour Organisation labour rights programme, which means that it is inspected.
"We regularly remind all of our licensees of the importance we place on the sustainable sourcing code they have each signed up to."4 : 健次郎(29109)@2012-07-16 23:26:39
勞工權益組織Labour Behind the Label表示，即使工人月薪為130美元，但仍低於工人一家開支。組織指柬埔寨的最低工資過低，月薪66美元，但當地一個有兩個孩子的家庭生活開支是260美元。一名女工表示，每月要寄60美元回家，自己只剩40美元交租及應付一天三餐，她要與5人共租一單人房，3人同睡一床，飲食方面也不太理想。該組織指，工人的惡劣待遇已違反倫敦奧組委的合約，合約訂明產品商要支付工人可滿足生活的薪酬。