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China firm denies Fifa World Cup sweatshop claims

China firm denies Fifa World Cup sweatshop claims

The work had been outsourced by a member of South Africa’s ruling ANC party, who had won the contract.Global Brands Group (GBG), the licensee for 2010 World Cup merchandise, said on Tuesday it was withdrawing its contract from Shanghai Fashion Plastic Products (SFPPC).GBG said an audit of the company found it failed to meet the standards required of a supplier by allegedly employing under age workers in poor conditions and paying minimal wages.”The approval for this factory to manufacture these figurines has been temporarily suspended, affording them the opportunity to put in place corrective actions and measures,” GBG said in a statement.But a spokeswoman for SFPPC told the AFP news agency: “Considering China’s actual conditions, the environment in our factory, if not the best, is very good indeed.”The accusations were “completely made up” and the company was a victim of South African politicking, SFPPC told AFP.”It was only because of the high unemployment now in South Africa.He then outsourced the work to China, provoking an angry reaction from Cosatu, South Africa’s largest trade union.”It is outrageous that a public representative of the ANC, which is committed to policies to create decent work, can take such a callous decision which has deprived South African workers of employment,” it said.”Cosatu is adamant that the work should never have been outsourced to China in the first place,” it added.The BBC’s South East Asia analyst, Andre Vornic, says the dispute has highlighted not only the extent to which China dominates the global production of low tech merchandise, but, more specifically, the growing anxiety at China’s expansion into African markets.Search term:BBC navigation News Sport Weather Capital TV Radio MoreCBBC CBeebies Comedy Food History Learning Music Science Nature Local Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Full A Z of BBC sitesBBC links Mobile site Terms of Use About the BBC Advertise With Us Privacy Accessibility Help Ad Choices Cookies Contact the BBC Parental GuidanceBBC 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.This page is best viewed in an up to date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.