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Pay Asian workers fair wages, World Cup sportswear giants Adidas, Nike told

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AHEAD of the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia this weekend, campaigners have urged global sportswear manufacturers Adidas and Nike to pay workers at their supplier factories in Asia a fair wage.

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) released a report this week which claimed that workers in countries like Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam, where most of these companies’ products are produced, have seen share of the price of a pair of shoes drop by 30 percent between 1995 and 2017.

In the three nations, garment workers’ average salaries are 45 to 65 percent below the so-called “living wage” that would allow them to cover their families’ basic needs, said the global coalition of trade unions, workers and human rights groups.

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“The brands decided to spend their money on football players rather than on the workers stitching their shirts and shoes,” the CCC said in a statement.

Adidas and Nike are the manufacturers for 22 out of the 32 teams competing in this year’s World Cup tournament. The German team alone is being paid more than $75 million per year under a........

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