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Nike faces fresh abuse claims Wednesday, 13th July 2011Workers making Nike's Converse shoes in Indonesia have reported mental and physical abuse from senior factory workers.
Shocking reports are pouring onto the internet which outline the treatment of workers in factories across Indonesia and other countries in the region.
At the PT Amara Footwear factory just outside Jakarta where a Taiwanese contractor makes Converse shoes, a supervisor made six female workers stand in the scorching sun after they failed to meet their target of completing 60 dozen pairs of shoes on time.
Nike has admitted that this abuse occurs among the contractors that make the Converse footwear but say there is little they can do to stop it.
This is not the first time the company has run into controversy concerning the treatment of workers. A 2001 report funded by the sportswear giant found “workers at the nine factories studied were bullied, forced to work overtime and had limited access to health care.”
Indonesia is Nike's third-largest manufacturing base with 140,000 workers and 14 contract factories. Of those, 17,000 produce its Converse line at four factories.