|Issue No 39||12 November 1999|
Olympic Uniforms Row Patched Up
Sydney 2000 organisers have agreed to transfer the manufacture of 15,000 business shirts from Indonesia to Australia as part of a deal to resolve a dispute over the production of Games uniforms.
The Textile Clothing and Footwear Union and the NSW Labor Council had raised concerns about the level of off-shore production, arguing local producers should be used wherever possible.
Under the SOCOG-trade union deal suppliers will also provide TCFUA officials with the names and addresses of overseas suppliers so they can ensure that minimum labour standards are complied with in accordance with the SOCOG Code of practise.
Tensions had flared between unions and SOCOG when the union was unable to secure details of the whereabouts of manufactures in Fiji, Malaysia and the Philipines.
TCFUA state secretary Barry Tubner says the agreement is an important first step in ensuring production of Games' uniforms is ethical and does not undercut opportunities for Australian workers.
"This is good news for the industry notwithstanding the fact that we would have preferred other items to be produced in Australia," Tubner says.
SOCOG says it has no objections to its contractors providing names and addresses of overseas manufacturing sites and will support relevant union officials getting access to visit all overseas companies contracted to produce workforce uniforms.
Tubner acknowledged the assistance of the Bonds company in resolving the dispute with SOCOG. He says the next step is to ensure the Code is being complied with.
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