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Nike Gives Indonesian Workers Paltry Raise

Nike announced that it will increase the pay of its entry-level Indonesian workers by a modest six percent, to the equivalent of about 30 U.S. dollars a month.

The Indonesian government recently moved to raise the minimum wage and likely prompted Nike’s action. The new wages are now slightly higher than Indonesia’s new minimum wage of about $26 a month.

The Feminist Majority joins numerous other women’s rights, labor rights, and human rights organizations in denouncing Nike’s unfair labor practices. Nike continues to broadcast commercials encouraging women’s empowerment and athletic achievement in the U.S., yet earns huge profits off the backs of its women workers in Southeast Asia, who struggle to survive while company executives line their pockets.

Sources:

Reuters and Feminist Majority - March 23, 1999

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