|Issue No 27||20 August 1999|
Former Union Leader to Investigate SOCOG Uniforms
Former textiles union boss and SOCOG Board member Anna Booth will travel to Fiji to inspect the production of Sydney 2000 uniforms following union concerns they are being made in breach of a labour Code of Practise.
Olympics Minister Michael Knight agreed to send an official to inspect conditions in the Free Trade Zone in Fiji and his choice of Booth has been welcomed by unions.
"We think its good that someone with an understanding of the textile and clothing industry has been sent on this mission," Labor Council senior industrial officer Chris Christadoulou says
The Textile Clothing and Footwear Union called for the investigation after it was revealed that uniforms for Games officials, staff and athletes would be made offshore, The union believes that 130,000 pair of trousers and 7,000 blazers would be produced in Fiji and 60,000 jackets made in Malaysia.
SOCOG says the reasons are that Australia lacks expertise for the production of some garments, like non-iron trousers, along with the higher cost of Australian production.
The TCFUA maintains all production should be local, but that, as a minimum, SOCOG should take steps to ensure its own Code of Labour Practise" is met.
Under the code, SOCOG has undertaken that during the production of licensed goods, monitoring will occur to ensure:
- employment is freely chosen
- there is no discrimination in employment
- child labour is not used
- freedom of association and the right to collectively bargain are respected
- fair wages are paid
- hours of work are not excessive
- working conditions are decent
- the employment relationship is established and training provided
- the use of exploited outworkers is not to occur.
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