Anonymous wrote:nike sucks.
i'm gonna hafta agree with the anon there.
i'm not big on the whole sweatshops thing.
"Nike, a major footwear company, refers to itself as a 'network firm'. This means it employs 8000 people in management, design, sales, and promotion, and leaves production in the hands of some 75,000 workers hired by independent contractors. Most of the out-sourced production takes place in Indonesia, where a pair of Nikes that sells in New Zealand, the US, or Europe for $73 to $135 is produced for about $5.60 by girls and young women paid as little as 15 cents an hour.
The workers are housed in company barracks, there are no unions, overtime is often mandatory, and if there is a strike the military can be called in to break it up
. The $20 million that basket-ball star Michael Jordan (and Jonah Lomu?) reportedly received in one year, for promoting Nike shoes, exceeded the entire annual payroll of the Indonesian factories that made them.
When asked about the conditions at plants where Nike are produced, John Woodman, Nike's general manager in Indonesia, said he knew there had been labour problems in the six Indonesian factories where Nike shoes are made, but he had no idea what they had been about. Furthermore, he said, "I don't know that I need to know.
It's not within our scope to investigate."
if you can stomach that, and still wear them, you've got a better stomach than i do.