Nike Factory Strike in Vietnam Settle...

Nike Factory Strike in Vietnam Settled - for $6 a Month

There are 80 comments on the snafu-ed.blogspot.com story from Apr 2, 2008, titled Nike Factory Strike in Vietnam Settled - for $6 a Month. In it, snafu-ed.blogspot.com reports that:

This is why I rant about how unjust globalization truly is. Not only does the incredibly low labor cost - much of which is due to a lack of oversight in factories - mean that not only do jobs go overseas, the people who get the jobs aren't even paid fair wages. So people who say we are "spreading the wealth" globally are either foolish or lying because they work for a corporation making $$$ off of the arrangement.

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paisleyposey

“END THE FED!”

Level 1

Since: Feb 07

DON'T TREAD ON ME!!!!

#21 Apr 3, 2008
Uh Clem wrote:
We prevailed in major wars because of the manufacturing capability we had at the time. Gradually, and not all that slowly, we are losing that. When it's gone, this country will be incredibly vulnerable. It's just shoes, or it's just TVs or it's just cars - it's little things but they are starting to add up. The 'free market' will sink us eventually - defeated by our own capitalistic ideals.
It's like the Greeks, where "democracy was destroyed by an excess of democracy."
There was a REASON why our forefathers set-up a system where senators were appointed, not elected. Someone had to be free, to look out for OUR interests, rather than their own.
We're so far away from the principals that saved us, that you're exactly right; we are incredibly vulnerable.
NOT ONE candidate for prez; is acutely aware of the issues the average American cares about, or of any working class reality.
What the he11 do we do>
leo from shanghai

Chanute, KS

#22 Apr 3, 2008
nike worker in vietnam earns $1.60 per day. nike has $1.00 to $2.00 per shoe in labor costs. nike worker works 40 days for cheap end $63.00 nike shoe. VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY signs $9,700,000.00 contract with nike. football coach get $200,000.00 per year.

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Level 1

Since: Sep 07

chicago

#23 Apr 3, 2008
is there not enough left-leaning news today that iria has to fill in the blanks with that crap?
kewa

Zhengzhou, China

#24 Apr 3, 2008
the absence,of strict labour laws make it possible for big companies to make huge profits, while paying their workers peanuts ,because of most developed countries labour laws they opt to open industries in third world countries, the establishment of EPZ in these Asian countries also exempts them from adhering to the countries labour laws ,the arrangement with the government, being that they bring employment,help improve the living standards of the locals, bring the so much investment needed, by third world countries,so most governments tolerate them,underlying is the big money ,long working hours,violation of workers rights, the exploitation of women who make the bulk of the labourers ,giving rise to terms like the feminazation of labour,sweat shops.
leo from shanghai

Chanute, KS

#25 Apr 3, 2008
DELL COMPUTER closing austin texas factory. AMERICAN(MEXICAN?) AXLE telling employees to take wage offer or factory will move to mexico. NIKE a $16,000,000,000.00 corporation and nike has $1.00 to $2.00 per shoe labor costs. the UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS has an 8 year contract with ADIDAS worth $26,670,000.00 $26,670.000.00 would buy alot of RICE for asian factory workers.

“Why call 911? 1911 is faster”

Level 4

Since: Feb 08

Wesley Chapel, FL

#26 Apr 3, 2008
edd wrote:
<quoted text>
I support the american worker and try to buy things made in the USA. I do not buy Nikes for this reason.
I try to do the same, you might find this link useful.

http://www.madeinusa.org/
LukeCH21Vs34-36

United States

#27 Apr 3, 2008
eternal cynic wrote:
<quoted text>
I try to do the same, you might find this link useful.
http://www.madeinusa.org/
cynic

Guess who???
leo from shanghai

Chanute, KS

#28 Apr 3, 2008
i wonder how many vietnamese NIKE factory workers attend NCAA 64 TEAM BASKETBAL TOURNEY? what brand of shoes do NIKE factory workers wear or do they wear shoes?

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#29 Apr 3, 2008
I"m still astonished how WalMart 'came to power.' They beat it into us that they were committed to providing 'Made in America' products in their stores. That used to be the central theme of all their advertisements. And now they are one of, if not THE, largest importer of Chinese goods.

I just checked that madeinusa.org site and damned if I can find ANY shoes - other than a couple specialized kinds (workboots, orthotic), nothing conventional.

“What a world!”

Since: Mar 08

El Paso

#30 Apr 3, 2008
If you read carefully, you'll see that Vietnam is also facing a lot of inflation and hence their protest against NIKE. For those of you who scoff at the concept of a "living wage" as socialist rhetoric and fully rely on the goodness of the corporate world, consider:
-- The "creative accounting" practices of many corporations (e.g ENRON, TYCO)
-- The bottom line of big business - to make a profit for the shareholder, screw the consumer (that is why they relocate to where labor is cheaper)
-- The history of big business - Anybody remember from history class the "Gilded Age" where big business ran the country and everyone was subject to their conditions?(Upton Sinclair and other muckrakers exposed these in the early 1900's)
--Corporate greed in the 1920's led to the Great Depression and it took the quasi-socialist NEW DEAL to help push us out of it (Guess what, we are kinda facing that today with mortgages and credit)

I could go on and on, but my point is those who support unfettered capitalism are living in a dream world. If we really want to make a change in our country (and in the world for that matter), we need to start holding corporations accountable, lest we go back to the sweatshop days, where as one earlier contributor posted, these types of jobs are “coveted”. Don't believe me? Read the recent news about the "big oil" clowns going before Congress to justify their continued government subsidies after making $140 BILLION in profits last year. Come on folks, let's get real!
planet boscoe

Jerseyville, IL

#31 Apr 3, 2008
you`ll got plenty to fret about right here in the US of A . done have your waterloo in siagon , leav`m be and tend your own crops If ya dont like the shoes dont buy them , stupid
uspatriotvet

Ashburn, VA

#32 Apr 3, 2008
How much does $6.00 a month translate into
VN piastres?
What's the likelyhood of these workers earning
this much in any other ( honest )occupation?
*other than politics.
uspatriotvet

Ashburn, VA

#33 Apr 3, 2008
Granted, US companies who move/build a factory or
a plant overseas expecting to sell that product
back in the US at a higher profit, or maybe the
pretext to keep costs low?
1) If an American worker is earning,say $10.00
per Hr, then the overseas worker should be paid
the local equivalent.
2) if the american worker gets;medical/dental/401k
housing, social security, etc. whatever?
THEN the company in question must provide those
same benefits to the overseas worker.
3)payraises/promotions based on merit,dedication,
loyalty.
OTHERWISE, that product will not be allowed in
the US.( let them try to get $50 anywhere else )
TRANSLATION; a fair day's wage for a fair day's
work.

“What a world!”

Since: Mar 08

El Paso

#34 Apr 3, 2008
I totally agree with you uspatriotvet... like you said, a fair day's wage for a fair day's work... When a developing country like Vietnam faces double digit inflation, it is especially hard for them because their staple items go up (in their case: rice, milk, etc) thereby taking a greater precentage of their income that could be used for other things such as an education, buying a home, starting a business, etc. In essence, they feel the pinch more than we do since they have less consumer choices. But what these corporations do is move to the next cheapest country once the host country's standard of living increases (such was the case with Korea). Pretty soon, they will run out of options and be forced to address this. Great suggestions!
TISD parent

Pittsburgh, PA

#35 Apr 3, 2008
3-7 DAD wrote:
<quoted text>if u support the troops then vote mccain...if u support ur feet then buy chinese.. look and see where ur footwear is made...walmart was the last major retailer that sold strictly american made but had to finally but imports if they wanted products to sell.
Walmart's American campaign was a fraud from the get go, they have always been about profits and they have never cared about their hourly workers or their customers.

Since: Apr 08

Berkeley, Ca

#36 Apr 3, 2008
We need to help these workers form a union. Let's get them a real wage. Let's close the plant with a picket line until we can get them $15 or $20 per hour. Let's organize these plants. Nike shouldn't be allowed to get away with this. Brothers forever!
uspatriotvet

Ashburn, VA

#37 Apr 3, 2008
Lib Dem wrote:
We need to help these workers form a union. Let's get them a real wage. Let's close the plant with a picket line until we can get them $15 or $20 per hour. Let's organize these plants. Nike shouldn't be allowed to get away with this. Brothers forever!
No, the product price won't handle it. read my
earlier post about it. whatever would be the
"standard" USD wage in America, pay the native
countries equivalent in the country where the
work is being performed. get it?
Go try a picket line and union talk in Viet Nam.
Let us know how that works out. I'm sure the local
police will welcome you with open arms.

“Tell the Truth”

Since: Nov 07

Orlando, Florida

#38 Apr 3, 2008
Don't buy the product, period. This company chose to not use American workers, American workers should choose NOT to spend their money on the product.

We do still have some choices in this world.

“What a world!”

Since: Mar 08

El Paso

#39 Apr 3, 2008
Donna Atlanta GA wrote:
Don't buy the product, period. This company chose to not use American workers, American workers should choose NOT to spend their money on the product.
We do still have some choices in this world.
Donna, a boycott would be effective if there were other substitute choices... For example, there are not many American-made shoes left (I have yet to find one). Other goods are sub-assembled in other countries and just "finished" in the U.S. with foreign components, so they are not really "Made in the USA". I understand your point, but it is just not realistic proposition.
johanson

Eugene, OR

#40 Apr 3, 2008
Uh Clem wrote:
I"m still astonished how WalMart 'came to power.' They beat it into us that they were committed to providing 'Made in America' products in their stores. That used to be the central theme of all their advertisements. And now they are one of, if not THE, largest importer of Chinese goods.
I just checked that madeinusa.org site and damned if I can find ANY shoes - other than a couple specialized kinds (workboots, orthotic), nothing conventional.
Wal-Mart grew so big because people like to shop there becasue of the low prices.

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