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Nike Sweatshop Workers

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colby Jansen

on 13 January 2014

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Transcript of Nike Sweatshop Workers

The downside to Nike's positive viewpoint
While Nike thinks they're saving money using sweatshop labor, they're sales are dropping and their rival's sales, Reebok, are increasing quickly. In 1999, the sales of Nike products fell by nearly 8%, while Reebok has seen its share price rise from $8 to $30. Also, in 1998, Nike product sales dropped by 15%.
Works Cited
...to be physically and mentally abused
...that supervisors throw shoes at them and slap them in the face
...they are called names like dogs and pigs
...that supervisors punish them for working too slow by making them stand in the hot, Indonesian sun, which usually reaches temperatures of over 100 degrees, for hours. This method of punishment can cause heat stroke.
...they are beaten with Nike shoes
...that some workers were mutilated with machetes and left to die in the gutter.

Negative Publicity
Nike has been receiving a lot of negative publicity since articles and pictures have leaked of workers being treated harshly in factories.
A photograph of a young Pakistani boy sewing together a Nike football was featured in a US magazine.
Although Nike made promises to stop abuse and environmental issues that there factories caused, they still continued to receive negative attention.
People have left comments on recent articles stating things like, "I never but Nike products." and "Nike lies just to make sales." Below is one of the negative comments I came across:
I believe that the workers should be treated equally and with respect. Many of the articles I read stated that workers only make enough money to purchase food and a bunk-house type lodging. Though they can afford food, they can only afford very little; not enough to maintain the proper nutrition level. Also, workers in one of the Vietnamese factories have been exposed to toxic fumes at up to 177 times to Vietnamese legal limit. Also in Vietnam, workers are being paid only $10 for a 65 hour work week. 65 hours of work is far more than the local law allowed. In this presentation, I will be arguing for Nike workers to:
be able to work in safer conditions.
make more than minimum wage and not be forced to work more than the legal limit.
Be treated with respect and not have the risk of being abused or killed in factories
Nike Sweatshop Workers
Workers Point of View
"We're powerless"
"Our only choice is to stay and suffer, or speak out and be fired"
Workers do not have hope.

Working Conditions in Vietnam
Workers in one of the Vietnamese factories have been exposed to carcinogens at 177 times the safe levels.
Workers are being paid only $10 for a 65 hour work week. 65 hours exceeds the legal work limit by a lot. (less than minimum wage)
Supervisors were accused of subjecting employees to verbal abuse and sexual harassment.
Workers were hit on the head and forced to kneel on the ground with their hands in the air for long periods of time.
Workers only work at $10 for a 65
"Column: Nike Deserves Reprimand for Inhumane Working Conditions." Latest Articles RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013.
"Nike and Reputation Management." Nike and Reputation Management. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013
"Nike Workers 'kicked, Slapped and Verbally Abused' at Factories Making Converse." Mail Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013.
Wazir, Burhan. "Nike Accused of Tolerating Sweatshops." The Observer. Guardian News and Media, 19 May 2001. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.
"CorpWatch : CHINA: At Nike Plant, No Sweatshop, Plenty of Sweat." CorpWatch : CHINA: At Nike Plant, No Sweatshop, Plenty of Sweat. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013.

Alternate Viewpoint
From the Nike point of view, sweatshops save Nike a lot of money because they do not have to pay workers a lot.
Workers in the Taiwanese-operated Pou Chen plant only make around 50 cents an hour when they work about 60 hours a week.
A lot of anti-sweatshop people would say that 60 hours a week is way too much and ever more so because they're only making about $30 a week.
While some people are complaining about these conditions, Nike is somewhat glad they do not have to pay for expensive workers.
There are about 171, 276 workers in 40
factories in Indonesia.
Nike Working Conditions in Indonesia
Workers claim...
My Point of View and Argument
Call to Action
The harsh environments that these workers have to work in.
The environmental hazards that come with this job.
That workers aren't being able to afford things that are necessary.
That these worker's lives are in danger while they're trying to support their families.
Take action by:
Not buying Nike clothing
Carrying on the message of how horribly these workers are treated
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