factory workers in all parts of Asia are subject to very dangerous
health threats. In China, workers are not given proper gear to protect
themselves from the harmful chemicals they are forced to work with.
These chemicals cause liver, kidney, and brain damage and far exceed
legal limits of exposure. The low-wage workers put at danger are rarely
told the truth about the chemicals they work with; many develop serious
and chronic health issues without knowing the cause.
Employees are also overworked. In some factories a typical workday can
be 20 hours long. These workers commonly faint and have died in some
cases because of these conditions. Toxic fumes, hot working areas, and
poor nutrition are just some of the health threats Nike workers face.
In Indonesia employees have been physically abused for not wearing
regulation shoes or uniforms. Physical abuse and sexual abuse is
common in Vietnamese factories also. Nike CEO Phil Knight has been
accused of letting these offences go unpunished and not telling the
public the truth.
Chinese Nike workers in their uniforms working. Not all workers are given proper saftey gear.