AP Reports Abuses At Nike Contractors In Indonesia

"In this photo taken May 26, 2011, workers leave a factory that make Converse shoes, in Gunung Putri, West java, Indonesia. Workers making Converse sneakers in Indonesia said supervisors throw shoes at them, slap them in the face and call them dogs and pigs. Nike, the brand's owner, admits that such abuses have occurred among the contractors that make its hip high-tops but claims there was little it could do to stop it." (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

This from an AP report last week that put Nike back in the news regarding an old story, widespread workplace abuses in the operations of their overseas contractors, including the Taiwanese-operated Pou Chen factory in Sukabumi that produces Converse products:

Workers making Converse sneakers in Indonesia say supervisors throw shoes at them, slap them in the face and call them dogs and pigs. Nike, the brand’s owner, admits that such abuse has occurred among the contractors that make its hip high-tops but says there was little it could do to stop it.

Dozens of workers interviewed by The Associated Press and a document released by Nike show that the footwear and athletic apparel giant has far to go to meet the standards it set for itself a decade ago to end its reliance on sweatshop labor.

Interestingly, The Jakarta Globe followed up with the leader of the union at the Converse plant in Sukabumi, who denied that such abuses were occurring at the factory and if there were irregularities, the union had addressed them.

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