• Germany's news in English
 

Sweatshop claims hit Adidas and Puma

Published: 29 Jan 2011 11:02 GMT+01:00

Both firms have in the past made efforts to change their reputation for using sweatshop labour to make their products, and introduced a strict code of conduct for suppliers.

But a study by the American National Labor Committee showed that weekly shifts of more than 60 hours were the norm at producer Ocean Sky, Der Spiegel reported at the weekend.

There around 1,500 workers are watched by cameras as they labour in temperatures of around 37 degrees to sew football shirts for Puma and Adidas subsidiary Reebok.

Both Puma and Adidas have admitted having problems with Ocean Sky last year.

Maik Pflaum from the Christian initiative Romero has criticised them both for irresponsibility. Even ignoring the conditions under which the workers labour, a woman working there full time only earns around a quarter of what is needed to support a family, he said.

Trades unions in the region are traditionally weak and poverty levels high, factors used by the firms to their advantage. Ocean Sky has not responded to questions about its working conditions, while Adidas and Puma said they wanted to check conditions on the ground before commenting, the magazine said.

The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

12:00 January 29, 2011 by pepsionice
And? What?

If you want their shoes made in 1st class and modern factories, by happy Germans....then prepare to fork out double and triple what you pay today. I don't anyone is willing to do that.
13:39 January 29, 2011 by ngwanem
sheeple... sheeple... pepsionice, do you think that is an intelligent comment?

why must a normal consumer fork out so much money to buy a product, whose net profit goes to a high-earning executive of some capitalistic company, who either buys a luxury yacht or spills off champagne worth 500M € in a senseless party or does something extremely stupid, while feeling it his/her divine right to exploit others?

First-class shoes and sportswear can still be made if our greedy CEOS allocate some of the money, they don't even need, to cater for the well-being of their workers. Don't forget without the workers, no products and no consumers... the math is simple and stop rallying behind the corporations, unless you are one of them!

For goodness sake! Those sweatshop laborers are humans and just because you happen to be born on the other side of the world doesn't make you more or less human than them!
14:56 January 29, 2011 by Englishted
They would bring these conditions here if they could .

Only when they a brought to light do they do anything and that only for a short time.
19:22 January 31, 2011 by mikewaite
These hard working people aren't asking to be fed grapes and fanned while they're on the assembly line. Merely paying the LOCAL living wage and providing people with some respectable conditions isn't going to topple the global economy and make prices sky rocket.

We vote for the type of working conditions we support every day as consumers. Reward companies that show respect for their workers and the places they do business.
Today's headlines
Ukraine, ebola push Germany to top of foreign policy
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Photo: DPA

Ukraine, ebola push Germany to top of foreign policy

Foreign policy think-tank the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) gave Germany top marks in its annual check-up of EU member states released on Thursday. READ  

Prost! Beer sales hop up for first gain in 8 years
Photo: DPA

Prost! Beer sales hop up for first gain in 8 years

New figures released Friday by federal statistics office Destatis are numbers breweries can drink to, as German beer consumption saw its first year-on-year rise since 2006. READ  

Germany has thousands of uni spots open
Photo: DPA

Germany has thousands of uni spots open

New research published by Spiegel on Friday shows that there are thousands of university placesa unoccupied across the country, while certain hot spots cope with too much demand. READ  

Borussia coach admits to 'downward spiral'
Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp at a press conference. Photo: DPA

Borussia coach admits to 'downward spiral'

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp admits feeling the pressure as his side resume their fight to stay in Germany's top flight on Saturday at fellow Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen. READ  

Sudden dose of winter causes traffic chaos
Snow in Oberharz. Photo: DPA

Sudden dose of winter causes traffic chaos

A blast of winter has taken German drivers by surprise as snow and ice accounted for several traffic accidents across the country on Friday morning. READ  

This Week in History
Theodor Heuss: modern Germany's first president
Theodor Heuss at his swearing-in ceremony in 1949. Photo: DPA

Theodor Heuss: modern Germany's first president

The first President of the post-war Federal Republic of Germany, Theodor Heuss – born on January 31, 1884 – was one of the leading liberal politicians of the Weimar Republic and later helped rehabilitate his nation on the international scene. READ  

Lower energy costs tank inflation rate
Photo: DPA

Lower energy costs tank inflation rate

Plummeting energy costs and oil prices have driven Germany's rate of inflation into the red, the federal statistics agency reported on Thursday, though economists aren't ready to start talking deflation just yet. READ  

Poland bridles at German minimum wage
Photo: DPA

Poland bridles at German minimum wage

Germany's newly-introduced €8.50 minimum wage is raising hackles at Polish trucking companies, who say they shouldn't have to pay their drivers at that rate for the hours they spend on their western neighbour's roads. READ  

Life sentences handed out in murder-for-hire
A man photographs an appeal for witnesses in the death of Christin R. in 2012. Photo: DPA

Life sentences handed out in murder-for-hire

A Berlin judge on Thursday sentenced four people to life sentences in a sordid conspiracy murder case in which a pizza delivery driver was paid €500 to kill a young woman for her life insurance. READ  

Jobless numbers rise to top 3 million
Men at work. Photo: DPA

Jobless numbers rise to top 3 million

German jobless numbers rose this month, bringing unemployment up to seven percent, the Federal Labour Agency (BA) reported on Thursday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
FATCA: 'The age of financial privacy is over'
Gallery
The best regional foods TTIP opponents want to protect
Photo: DPA
Features
The rise and spread of Pegida
Photo: Shutterstock
Culture
This cosplayer did not think his plan through
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Photo: DPA
Politics
The Local's report from Pegida's largest ever demonstration.
Sponsored Article
Top-notch tech boosts bilingual schools
National
Six stories that will rock Germany this year
Photo: DPA
National
Terror alert at a new high. Should you be worried?
Dresden skyline and river by night. Photo: DPA
Politics
What does Dresden have against Muslims?
Photo: DPA
National
What were your favourite news stories of 2014?
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
Photo: DPA
National
This German was abducted and tortured by the CIA
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Berlin
The Local's series on 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,462
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd