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Abuse at Nike

Post  This account is not Jeff. on Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:30 pm

ABUSIVE LABOUR AT NIKE

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2014325/Nike-workers-kicked-slapped-verbally-abused-factories-making-Converse-line-Indonesia.html

In a Nike factory in Indonesia, at Sukabumi plant, workers report that they are being mentally and physically abused. They say that supervisors frequently throw shoes at them, slap them in the face, kick them and call them dogs and pigs.

*Note that most of these workers are women. Also note that Nike has a history of child labour, too.

Nike admits that these abuses have happened but, in their defense, say that there is little they could do to stop it.
The press and even Nike reveal that the industry is still far from the standards the industry have set for themselves by being free from sweatshop labour.

“ One worker at the Taiwanese-operated Pou Chen plant in Sukabumi said she was kicked by a supervisor last year after making a mistake while cutting rubber for soles.
'We're powerless,' said the woman, who like several others interviewed spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals.
'Our only choice is to stay and suffer, or speak out and be fired.' ”

There are about 10,000 workers at the Pou Chen plant, most are female. They get paid a mere 50 cents an hour, but they have nowhere else to work.
It’s only enough for food and bunkhouse-type lodging.

NO WINNING FOR THE WORKERS.

As soon as the workers file complaints that they are being slapped or thrown shoes at daily, they would get fired. What’s worse is that these workers would have a hard time finding other work (which explains why they work there in the first place).

Also, workers get no breaks. One worker got fired for taking a sick leave, even with a doctor’s note.

RELIGIOUS INSULTS.

The bosses pointed their feet at them, calling them dogs, pigs, and monkeys, which are very major insults to Muslims, the religion of most of the workers in Indonesia.

PUNISHMENTS INCLUDE:

-Forbidden from going to the bathroom
-Slapping
-Shouting/ Religious Insults
-Throwing Shoes
-Forceful Sunbathing*
*A supervisor ordered six female workers to stand in the blazing sun for 2 hours for not meeting the target completion of 60 dozen pairs of shoes on time. They cried.

THE FACTORIES.

Nearly 2/3 of the 168 Nike factories have been reported to have these abusive treatments like forcing people to stand under the sun, slapping, verbal abuse, and paying below minimum wage.

12 are in the most serious categories which show signs of illegally long work hours, even more unspeakable abuse, and denying inspectors entrance to the factories.

97 are showing no signs of improvement in the violations of human rights.

6 have not been inspected by Nike.

When talk about the abuse grew, the some contractors just moved their operations somewhere more... secluded.

Indonesia is only Nike’s 3rd biggest producer of its products. The two bigger being Vietnam and China (of which aren’t very good to human rights, either).

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