Just stop it.

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


Nike has been in hot water over alleged sweatshop abuses in its overseas factories for years, and it hasn’t bothered with much more than apologies. So why should anyone be surprised by news from OXFAM Australia that ever more outrageous labor offenses continue in Nike’s Indonesian factories?

Recent Must Reads

9/7 – Hothouse blues

9/6 – Too famous for jail

9/2 – Robocop lives

9/1 – A CEO is worth 62 presidents

According to an article in the MELBOURNE AGE, the human-rights group infiltrated one of Nike’s Indonesian shoe factories and discovered that female workers, legally entitled to menstrual leave, were forced by supervisors to pull down their pants to prove menstruation before they were allowed time off.

The report also said factory workers burned excess rubber soles rather than recycling them at the plant, as the company had pledged it would. And workers in the plant were found to make the equivalent of US$1.13 per day and intimidated into working overtime. Nike said it would investigate the allegations.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily crazy—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily crazy—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate