Nike admits problems at Converse factory in Indonesia
Physical and verbal abuse at supplier factory
On 13th July 2011 it was reported on the Associated Press website, www.ap.org, that workers at a Nike Converse factory in Indonesia had suffered physical and verbal abuse by supervisors at the factory.
The company was said to acknowledge that two thirds of its factories that made Converse products failed to meet its standards for contract manufacturers, but that it could not address the problems due to the fact that the factories operated under contracts that were set before Nike bought the brand in 2003. However, workers were said to allege that they had not begun to make Converse products until four years after Nike had bought Converse.
The physical abuse reported included workers being kicked, hit, scratched and having things thrown at them. One worker was said to have been fired for taking sick leave despite the fact that she had a sick note. At another factory producing Converse shoes, workers were said to be punished by being forced to stand in the sun. Nike was said to have found that workers at the two factories were subjected to "serious and egregious" physical and verbal abuse.
An internal report released to the Associated Press by the company was said to have found that 12 Converse factories were “in the most serious category, indicating problems that could range from illegally long work hours to denying access to Nike inspectors” and another 12 were “in a category defined as making no progress in improving problems ranging from isolated verbal harassment to paying less than minimum wage”.
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