More on Nike Settlement

The Guardian has more on the $1 million settlement victory for workers at a Nike factory in Indonesia, including reactions from Bambang Wirahyoso of Serikat Pekerja Nasional, Oxfam Australia, and Jim Keady of Education for Justice.

“This has the potential to send shockwaves through the Indonesian labour movement,” he [Wirahyoso ] said, adding that the victory had prepared the union to take on the fight for any workers who had been forced to work overtime without pay. “We have only just begun.”

Other multinationals operating in Indonesia may be the next targets. Foreign companies, including Nike, Puma and Adidas, often use local factories to supply their products, where high turnover requirements and short time frames can mean that good labour practices are not always guaranteed, according to Oxfam Australia.

The union claims it is standard practice for Indonesian factory employees to work seven days a week without overtime or proper benefits.

“There are more than 100,000 factory workers in Serang, and those who are most prone to overwork are labourers for branded merchandise, since they have to achieve certain targets,” Wirahyoso said.

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