July 07, 2017
Nike is a brand that’s used to a lot of scrutiny. Since the 1990s, they’ve weathered multiple exposés and campaigns about the conditions under which their clothes are manufactured. But despite the hard work of workers and activists, the conditions in those factories can still be dire. Right now, in countries like Vietnam and Cambodia, workers regularly suffer mass faintings, wage theft and gender-based violence in the workplace. And Nike is going to great lengths to keep that fact covered up.
Nike attempts to hide the mistreatment of its workers by not allowing independent labor rights monitors to inspect the factories where its shoes and other products are made to insure that workers are not being paid poverty wages or exposed to dangerous conditions on the job. Instead, it is only allowing monitors it hires to do inspections.
Trusting Nike is difficult when it has a long history of using sweatshop labor.
United Students Against Sweatshops is holding a Global Day of Action Against Nike, and we ask our supporters to add their voices to the call for Nike to #JustDoTheRightThing. The day of action will take place on July 29th, 2017, with actions in more than 25 cities across five continents. There are lots of ways to support, such as:
Join an Action Near You! Stand with students and community members in your city. Click on the city for details for actions taking place across the country. Actions are already planned in: New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston , Denver, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Jackson, MS, San Francisco, CA , Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Columbus, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland OR and more.
Sign a Petition to Nike! Add your name to the call for Nike to stop hiding abuses at its factories.
Sample Facebook Post 1:
Don’t buy #NikeLies! Nike will have you believe they promote #equality and empower women, but continue to exploit the labor of working women inside their factories.
I support students and workers fighting back against the worst boss of all – NIKE!
Sample Facebook Post 2:
Looks like Nike is returning to it’s infamous sweatshop legacy. Since restricting independent factory inspector, the Workers Rights Consortium, Nike has pulled production from factories where workers dare speak up, most recently in Honduras where hundreds of workers lost jobs after Nike pulled from their union factory. #NikeSweatshops
Click to Tweet: Don’t Buy #NikeLies, solidarity with Honduran Nike workers!
Click to Tweet: What does Nike have to hide, let the WRC inside! #NikeLies
Click to Tweet: Nike, #JustDoTheRightThing for workers!
USAS has loads of more good information here.