Well, shame about Mark Cavendish, but at least he earns millions. So, less to complain about than ordinary workers getting screwed over by the Olympic racket.
Take Adidas, which put up an estimated US$122 to plaster its name all over the London Olympics, and expects to reap billions in sales in return. And I bet they paid up that cash in advance, or far faster than they pay what’s owed to redundant workers in developing countries.
For example, it continues to refuse to offer just US$1.8 million in long-overdue severance pay to workers laid off from its shuttered Indonesian supplier, PT Kizone. Adidas stonewalled for 18 months while workers battled to get money they were owed under Indonesian law. Then after global pressure forced the company to meet with workers, the final offer was an insult: a food voucher for each worker worth just € 43 - roughly the value of a London 2012 t-shirt.
If Adidas can sponsor the Olympics, it can afford its obligation to workers. If you agree, sign the petition at http://sumofus.org/uncategorized/adidas-indonesia/?sub=taf demanding that Adidas pay laid off workers what it owes.
Then there’s the Olympic cleaners being accommodated in
East London sheds. In a portakabin village they
sleep 10 to a room, share the toilet with 25 others and the shower with 75.
Some women left, refusing to sleep in mixed sex cabins with men they didn’t
know. Those that stayed have to stump up £18 a day, despite not working for the
first two weeks. Heavy rain means a flooded site with many cabins leaking and crates
for stepping stones.
Many of the workers were recruited abroad for the contract, despite the company’s promise that it would mean local jobs. Planning was granted and welfare conditions totally ignored by the council because the site is only temporary.
So, blatant exploitation in a time of crisis being sold as a ‘national event’, with some scumbags taking advantage of both local and worldwide unemployment. What a surprise.
If this sickens you too, join the call for decent accommodation for Olympic cleaners at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/202/764/899/olympic-cleaners-deserve-better-living-conditions .