UK: Activists urge Foot Locker to cut ties with Adidas
Campaigners are set to stage protests outside Foot Locker stores across the UK, Europe and the US today (22 April), calling on the retailer to cut ties with Adidas over the sportswear group's failure to pay former workers in GBP1.1m (US$1.6m) in redundancy pay.
They want Foot Locker to sever ties with Adidas until the company agrees to pay workers at a former Indonesian supplier factory, after its owner fled without paying them in April 2011.
Activists have chosen to target Foot Locker as it is the UK's largest retailer of Adidas footwear, with actions set to take place at stores in towns and cities across the UK.
The UK protests are being co-ordinated by student activists People & Planet, workers' rights campaigners Labour Behind the Label, and the anti-poverty charity War on Want, as part of an international day of action.
According to the NGOs, other companies that sourced from the factory have paid their share of the GBP2.2m redundancy pay, but Adidas has refused to give the workers the GBP1.1m it owes.
Adidas has stood firm in the row, saying in September last year that it launched a food aid programme for the workers and added that 1,200 workers have found new jobs - 200 of which are with Adidas group suppliers.
"Foot Locker is a massive retailer for Adidas and must use its influence to force it to pay these workers," said War on Want spokesperson Murray Worthy.
"Adidas has made huge profits from these people's years of work. Yet now they are abandoning them to poverty. We will keep up the pressure until the workers get what they are owed."
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