Video from Indymedia Brum. On Saturday 1 December, people across Britain took part in a day of action against adidas. With actions at every major adidas store in the country.
Adidas have refused to pay their former workers in Indonesia $1.8 million in legally-owed redundancy pay. Other brands using the factory have agreed to pay their share of the $3.4m the workers are owed. This action took place at the adidas store in Birmingham with the University of Birmingham's People & Planet society joined by concerned members of the public. The over zealous security assaulted one of the protesters by punching him in the face.
Why won’t adidas pay? They are happy to pay their $157m to sponsor the Olympics, but won’t pay 1% of that to avoid the destitution of those that made them their profits.
In May 2012 50,000 people have signed a petition calling on adidas to pay up. They refused.
In November 2012 the University of Washington, cut contracts with adidas over the issue, adding to $10s of millions of contract cuts since the campaign began. Adidas are still refusing to pay up.