13 Jul '11, 10am

Nike faces new worker abuse claims from its Converse factories, says there was little it could do to stop abuses

Nike faces new worker abuse claims from its Converse factories, says there was little it could do to stop abuses

Nike, the brand's owner, admits that such abuse has occurred among the contractors that make its hip high-tops but claims there was little it could do to stop it. -- PHOTO: AP SUKABUMI (Indonesia) - 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, admits that such abuse has occurred among the contractors that make its hip high-tops but claims there was little it could do to stop it. Dozens of workers interviewed by The Associated Press and a document released by Nike show that the footwear and athletic apparel giant has far to go to meet the standards it set for itself a decade ago to end its reliance on sweatshop labour. That does not appear to explain abuses that workers allege at the Pou Chen Group factory in Sukabumi, some 100km (60 miles) from Jakarta - it did...

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