HONG KONG: Beijing Games organizers have stressed that the use of child labor
is strictly forbidden in the production of Olympic-licensed products and vowed
to probe any allegation of labor abuse.
Jiang Xiaoyu, executive vice-president of the Beijing Organizing Committee
for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), was responding to media queries on a
report of alleged labor abuse in Guangdong factories that produce Olympics
A report released on Sunday by international trade union alliance PlayFair
said some Olympics merchandise licensees are using child labor as young as 12
and paying low wages to workers forced to do overtime.
At a luncheon in Hong Kong where he presented updates on the preparations for
the Games, Jiang said: "There are explicit and strict requirements for the
production and sales of licensed products, as stipulated in the contracts
between BOCOG and the companies.
"BOCOG strictly adheres to the regulation on banning the use of child labor.
We will deal with each and every case of labor abuse seriously if they are found
He said BOCOG had heard of the report earlier yesterday and was checking the
charges, adding that the "contracts of companies that violate regulations can be
On the progress made in preparation for the Olympics, he said that
construction of most of the competition and training venues would be completed
by the end of this year.
Work on facilities related to the Games such as the Olympic Village and
infrastructure such as the new airport terminal and metro lines is progressing
smoothly, he said.
(China Daily 06/12/2007 page1)