Indonesia - Garment Workers Abused (2012)

According to an expose by the Associated Press (AP), workers making Nike’s Converse brand shoes, often for as little as 50 cents an hour, alleged that supervisors regularly physically assaulted and verbally abused them. Nike admitted that abuses occurred but insists there was little it could do to stop it. One worker said she was kicked by her supervisor for making a mistake cutting rubber for soles. In another incident, 6 workers were made to stand in the hot sun for 2 hours for missing production quotas. Others were slapped, scratched or had shoes thrown at them. Some workers who protested the treatment were fired. An internal Nike report released to the Associated Press showed that roughly two-thirds of 168 factories making Converse products worldwide failed to meet Nike’s standards for contract manufacturers.

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