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Wire: July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012

Maquila Solidarity Wire
Maquila Solidarity Wire

July 13, 2012

14 days to go: Make the next Olympics fully sweat-free

Unfair play, disrespect and inequality aren’t values we usually associate with the Olympics. But for some workers making Olympic goods and sportswear, this is what the Olympic ideal really means. It’s time for the head of the Olympic family, the International Olympic Committee, to step up and take responsibility for ending this exploitation, in London 2012 and beyond. Click here to email the International Olympic Committee and call on them to light the flame for workers’ human rights.
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"Off the Podium" update: Six-month lock-out ends in agreement in Quebec

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9490 members have ratified a new collective agreement with Rio Tinto Alcan in Alma Quebec, after being locked out for six months. "We were forced to take on the third-largest mining company in the world and we won," said USW President Leo Gerard. "Many thought this was impossible, given the power imbalance, but we sent a message to the resource industry throughout the world that workers and their unions can take on huge multinational corporations to stop unjust demands."
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