August 04, 2010
Pressured, Nike to Help Workers in Honduras
The Central General de Trabajadores de Honduras (CGT) and Nike announced on the 26th of July a ground-breaking agreement that will provide a US$1.5 million fund for workers in Honduras that formerly produced Nike apparel. According to a press release from Nike and the CGT, workers will also receive a year's access to the health care system, training and priority hiring. Over 2,000 workers at the Hugger and Vision Tex factories were laid off last year, leaving them unemployed and owed over US$2 million in unpaid wages and severance pay. The agreement comes after intense pressure was put on Nike by a student-led campaign that had convinced some US universities to end lucrative licensing agreements with Nike.
Coverage in the NYTimes here
Posted by cat at 10:10 AM