Workers in the garment industry honoured in Olympic
On Thursday, March 4th, Oxfam's Vancouver office, the Maquila
Solidarity Network and the Union of Needletrades, Industrial
and Textile Employees (UNITE) held a media event in the
heart of Vancouver's downtown shopping district to launch
the Play Fair at the Olympics: Respect Workers' Rights campaign.
On hand at the event was Christina Ling, a garment worker
and member of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and
Textile Employees (UNITE). She was awarded a gold medal
by Miriam Palacios, Oxfam Canada's regional staff person,
for the work garment workers are doing. Worldwide, they
put in 45 hours of forced overtime in one week, produce
4 T-shirts a minute for 30 cents an hour, and work 16 hours
per day 7 days per week.
In addition to the medal, was an action with a washing
line of sportswear clothing, asking the International Olympics
Committee and the Canadian Olympics Committee to clean up
their "dirty laundry" and ensure that Olympic
apparel is not made under sweatshop conditions.