Nike get their butts kicked for 600,000 unpaid hours

Nike will pay workers in Indonesia US$1 million (S$1.29 million) for unpaid overtime.

A trade union representing 4,500 employees from a plant that sews sneakers accused the sportswear giant of failing to pay nearly 600,000 hours in the last two years.

After lengthy negotiations, the Seattle-based company agreed to a settlement.

Mr Bambang Wirahyoso, chairman of the national trade union, says the US$1 million will be paid in full by early February.

“The symbolism of this compensation will go a long way towards making workers here feel like they have won a significant victory”: barely $1.5 per hour following an off court settlement. Next on the list are Adidas and Puma.

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