While sports fans are filled with anticipation for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, there is a side of soccer that FIFA, Nike, adidas, Puma and others don’t want you to know about. The International Labor Rights Forum and its partners in India and Pakistan have identified ongoing labor rights violations in the production of soccer balls including child labor, non-payment of the minimum wage and extensive use of temporary laborers.
Speak Out Now in Support of Soccer Ball Stitchers
ILRF asks FIFA to use its power as the industry leader to chart a new course for workers in Pakistan, India, China, Thailand and other places that stitch soccer balls. In some cases, stitchers are paid barely 1% of the retail price for a match ball — this means workers are making $1 for every $100 spent on game day soccer balls. Workers deserve more!
Can you join ILRF to demand that workers be paid enough to send their children to school AND be granted permanent jobs?
ILRF is calling on the soccer ball industry, especially FIFA, to take immediate action to address the issues of extremely low wages and proliferation of temporary workers to improve conditions for the workers that produce the balls for the 2010 World Cup games.
You can also check out the report released today by ILRF detailing the abuses faced by workers stitching soccer balls.