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George Stroumboulopoulos by activistnotes
February 23, 2008, 6:59 pm
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I just sent George Stroumboulopoulos this message and am awaiting a response. If you want, you can also contact The Hour to pitch a story or raise an issue.

Hey George,

I saw you a couple hours ago at the Computer Systems Centre at Spadina and College. You were checking out the new MacBook Air, I think. Pretty sweet piece of gear. I didn’t approach you because I respect your work and figure you probably get approached all the time in public. But I’m a big fan. Me and my roomates watch your show all the time. You raise some critical questions and have a ridiculous lineup of guests. Which brings me to why I’m emailing you.

Everytime I watch your show you’re wearing your signature black Adidas sneakers with the white stripes. And everytime it annoys me. Adidas shoes are made in sweatshops, and you look like a walking billboard. Now, I’m not one to tell anyone what to wear or who to be, but I’m surprised at your choice. You have that great segment on your show, 50 facts that should change the world, and I find it really informative. Why not do one on sweatshops? Just an idea. I’d appreciate it.

You open each show by saying something like “hi everybody, its your boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos…” But, George, you aren’t my boyfriend. [I know, you’re heart broken]. My boyfriends don’t support sweatshops. That guy who does the segment on 50 facts that should change the world can be my boyfriend anytime. Haha. Yeah that sounds kinda creepy.

I don’t have much money, but if you’re willing to try out a pair of no sweat shoes then I’d be happy to buy you your first pair. All I’m asking is you try them out.

Thanks for hearing me out,

Ian Hussey 


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I am agre with Ian hussei,Mr strombolopulos has interesting themes in his tv show but he will be take care of what he wear,i think this is a lack of respect and i dont know why the tv programs like here in Hamilton,On some of the news reader every morning do free tim horton comercial and promote tha business who exploited their employees and abuse of their workers wages paing then salaries of missery;
They should be more profesional and have a bit of concideration of the workers at sweatshops;
Thank you

Comment by jorge torres

Adidas stopped using Sweatshops after the 2000 scandal. They did terminate their contracts in Indonesia.

Comment by Manuel

From Commondreams in 2002

Nike and Adidas ‘Have Failed to Stop Sweatshop Abuses’

Comment by Ian Hussey

How can one tell if it’s a sweatshop if there is no grievance process that guarantees a worker’s right to still keep her job! w/out collective bargaining, even if the job is good (or especially if it is good relative to what else is available) how can a seamstress resist pressure from male supervisors for sexual favors to keep her job?
the best guarantee that worker’s aren’t or won’t be exploited is if they have the power to resist exploitation via independent trade unions!

Comment by Adam Neiman

Has George replied?

Comment by Laura

Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to the question of where to buy clothes or sports shoes that weren’t made in sweatshops. When it comes to big brands like adidas, it is virtually impossible to apply any one judgement to their production because their supply chain is so large, spread out and woven through so many subcontractors.

As a result of anti-sweatshop campaigns, adidas has recently been more willing engage with its critics on worker rights issues and has taken some positive steps to address specific violations in specific cases. It would be a mistake, however, to say that adidas no longer uses sweatshops.

To learn more about adidas and Indonesia and a campaign that is currently underway:

We push companies to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the programs they have in place to prevent and remediate instances of worker rights abuses.

In 2006 we assessed adidas’ public reporting on its efforts to achieve labour standards compliance, see it here:

We have also been pressuring adidas and other sportswear brands to publicly release the names and addresses of all the factories they use, so that they come under the scrutiny of international and local labour rights organizations. In November 2007, adidas published its full factory list, see it here:

Additionally, we are currently doing a study on labour practices in the sportswear industry, which will look at wages and working conditions in factories producing for the sportswear giants, including adidas. The report, which is being prepared for the international Play Fair at the Olympics campaign will be released at the end of April. Look for it on our website this summer:

Comment by Maquila Solidarity Network

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