such poor working conditions, one may ask why people keep taking
factory jobs in Asia. Often times, potential employees are deceived and
tricked into labor, and once they begin work it is difficult to quit.
Some Nike factories in China force their workers to pay a months salary
when they begin, and if they quit in their first year they loose their
deposit. Loosing a months salary is not an option for many factory
workers, it is money that keeps them surviving. $45 may not seem like a
lot of money to many Americans, but that is the legal minimum wage per
MONTH in Vietnam. However, Nike has violated these minimum wage laws
and paid workers even less according to pay stubs and studies.
Despite the consequences, nearly 75% of Indonesia Nike workers quit per
year due to unbearable working conditions. Such conditions include
violations of overtime laws and minimum-wage laws. These are not the
only dangers facing Nike low-wage workers. Many threats to health are
prevalent in factory work, including exposure to toxic chemicals and
Workers in a Vietnamese Nike factory.