Okay. So you’d think that after all of the negative press that Nike has gotten in the past for their sweatshops, that they would maybe, just maybe try to make strides to improve the conditions? Apparantly, though, the biggest, most successful shoe company in the world cannot afford to give its workers adequate conditions, benefits, and pay.
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, acknowledges 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.
Personally, I don’t quite understand how it is that the company for which these supervisors work cannot exercise any jurisdiction on the way that their factories and supervisors work. And then there are cases like these:
Mira Agustina, 30, said she was fired in 2009 for taking sick leave, even though she produced a doctor’s note.
“It was a horrible job,” she said. “Our bosses pointed their feet at us, calling us names like dog, pig or monkey.” All are major insults to Muslims. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
At the PT Amara Footwear factory located just outside Jakarta, where another Taiwanese contractor makes Converse shoes, a supervisor ordered six female workers to stand in the blazing sun after they failed to meet their target of completing 60 dozen pairs of shoes on time.
“They were crying and allowed to continue their job only after two hours under the sun,” said Ujang Suhendi, 47, a worker at a warehouse in the factory. The women’s supervisor received a warning letter for the May incident after complaints from unionized workers.
Only about 1/3 of Nike’s factories actually meet the standards for contract manufacturers. This is the world we live in. A world full of greedy, ruthless bastards. You can read more here.