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Vietnam: 20,000 Vietnamese Workers Go On Strike At Nike Contract Factory

April 1, 2008
HANOI, VIETNAM: More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers have walked off the job at a Taiwanese-owned plant that makes shoes for Nike Inc., demanding higher pay to keep pace with skyrocketing prices, officials said Tuesday (1 Apr).

The workers at Ching Luh plant, in southern Long An province, went on strike Monday (31 Mar). They want a 20% bump to their US$59 average monthly salaries along with better lunches at the company cafeteria, said Nguyen Van Thua, an official with the province’s trade union.The plant has been making sneakers since 2002 and employs about 21,000 workers, most of them young rural women. The company is paying the workers 14% more than minimum wage, but soaring inflation is eroding their earnings, Thua said.”The company has followed the Vietnamese laws in paying their workers, but given the fact that consumer prices are soaring day by day, the workers have had troubles with their daily expenses,” Thua said.

Nike factory workers in Vietnam

Nike is one of the biggest private
employers in Vietnam

Nike officials did not immediately respond to questions about the strike.

Ching Luh plant is one of 10 factories that contract with Nike to produce sneakers in Vietnam.

Consumer prices in Vietnam are 19% higher than they were a year ago, according to government figures. Hanoi responded in January by increasing the minimum wage foreign-owned companies are required to pay by roughly 13%.

As inflation has picked up in recent years, strikes have become more common, with workers demanding higher pay and better working conditions. (AP)
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From the BBC

More than 20,000 workers at a factory in Vietnam that makes shoes for Nike have gone on strike demanding higher pay to cope with rising inflation.

The average monthly salary at the Taiwanese-owned plant is about $59 (£30), 14% more than the minimum wage.

The workers, who produce about 12% of the 75 million pairs of shoes made for Nike in Vietnam a year, want a 20% pay rise and better canteen lunches.

Strikes in Vietnam are becoming more common as living costs have surged.

Last November, workers at a South-Korean-owned Nike factory in Vietnam walked out in a similar pay dispute.

Nike spokesman Chris Helzer said: “We recognize the impact that rising inflation has had on the people of Vietnam, and hope the situation will be resolved quickly and amicably.”

Inflation currently stands at about 9.2% after rising 10% last year.

The strike affects the Ching Luh plant in the southern part of the country. It is one of 10 factories in Vietnam that produces footwear for US athletics giant Nike.

Nike reports persistent problems at China factories

March 14, 2008

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Nike Inc (NKE.N), the world’s biggest sneaker and sportswear maker, said falsified documents, underage workers and unpaid wages were problems encountered at suppliers in China, despite what experts say is one of the top social compliance regimes in the industry.

A worker holds a Nike shoe at a shopping mall in Jakarta July ...
A worker holds a Nike shoe at a shopping mall in Jakarta July 17, 2007. Nike Inc, the world’s biggest sneaker and sportswear maker, said falsified documents, underage workers and unpaid wages were problems encountered at suppliers in China, despite what experts say is one of the top social compliance regimes in the industry.
(Dadang Tri/Reuters)

The Oregon-based company’s difficulties highlight the deep roots of some of the problems businesses face in manufacturing in China, particularly at a time of sharply rising costs and a stiffening legal environment.

In its first country-specific supply chain report, which it said focused on China because of the upcoming Beijing Olympics, Nike detailed the efforts it has been making to get suppliers to comply with its code of conduct and Chinese law, including a scheme to monitor Olympics-related suppliers this year.

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Tell Kids Who Idolize Sports Stars: Michael Vick’s Empire Crashing to Earth

July 28, 2007

By John E. Carey
July 27, 2007

In keeping with great “street names,” often earned, like “Snoop Dog,” some are now calling Mister Michael Vick “Vick-Dog.”

The Virginia Tech and Atlanta Falcons great is now the brunt of pooch nicknames and was loudly booed and jeered as he entered the courtroom this week.

Millions of kids idolize sports stars. I grew up watching Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown before the Super Bowl was even invented: only to see him accused of various forms of mischief and mayhem off the field later on.

What I took away from that Jim Brown experience was this: these sports starts are just guys.

But unfortunately, part of what makes some of these super-athletes tick is a testosterone fueled anger, maybe even rage, that often translates not just into terrific performance on the field but often becomes some really ugly performance (or performances) elsewhere.

Mister Michael Vick is the latest example. Despite millions of dollars in pay and endorsements, an entire city waiting for him to deliver the Super Bowl to Atlanta, a Mother with the highest expectations imaginable, and teammates relying on his cool and skills; he threw it all away pursuing something that any towel boy could have told him would enrage more than nine-tenths of the American public against him.

Today Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick. The other shoe fell, as it were. Nike is suspending Vick’s endorsement deal without pay. Michael will no longer be paid as a Nike endorser because his contract has a clause requiring a certain decorum of behavior. Any towel boy probably knew that too.

Vick’s likeness is also being pulled from a trading card company’s line, which will cost him some more money. And Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.

“Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said in a statement.

Mister Vick, and three friends, were accused in federal court yesterday of sponsoring a gruesome operation that often shot, hanged, drowned or electrocuted losing dogs.

Mister Vick pleaded not guilty yesterday. But the secrecy of his dogfighting operation and his bald-faced lie when first confronted with the facts by a TV news crew (“The only dog I own is a poodle.”) tells us this: he knew what the towel boy knew. More than nine-tenths of mankind would condemn his conduct and his endorsement deals would be flushed, by his own hand, down the toilet.

Despite the lack of a trial or conviction, Mister Vick is now “persona non grata” in the NFL and in many other venues: including the corporate offices of Nike, Reebok and a certain trading card company.

Mister Vick is now the poster child of stupidity, grossly malicious and inhumane behavior and shame.

Tell your kid who idolizes sports stars.

This is what happens when you head the wrong way out the locker room door. Sometimes you can never get back into the locker room again.

Related:

The many sides of Michael Vick, AKA “Vick-Dog”

“Vick-Dog” Probably Running an “Out Pattern;” Entered Plea of “Not Guilty”

“Vick-Dog” Indictment Includes Street Names; Pleas this Afternoon

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

Dog Rights in America versus Human Rights in Vietnam

Vick Dogfighting Charges Stir Stinging Reaction

July 20, 2007

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Fallout intensified Friday from NFL star Michael Vick’s indictment on charges linked to dogfighting, a practice that a longtime lawmaker denounced as “barbaric” on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who has addressed lawmakers often about his love for animals, shook with emotion during a forceful condemnation of dogfighting.

“Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of dollars are often at stake in the breeding, the training and the selling of fighting dogs. How inhuman, how dastardly!” shouted the senator.

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/20/vick.
dogfighting/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Related:
“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

July 20, 2007

John E. Carey
July 20, 2007

Is America a great nation, or what?

There are many measures that could lead a person to answer this question with a resounding yes: the numbers of people with private home ownership, the civil rights we enjoy, our economic might, our intellectual and high-tech innovation, and others.

I’m using “pet prowess.”

No other nation in the world has the “pet prowess” of the United States of America. What is “pet prowess”? It’s my own term to view the number of pampered pets in America, the amount of money Americans spend on their pets, and other pet related statistics.

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) confirms the full scope of American “pet prowess.” For starters, few other nations even have a pet products association.

According to the APPMA, pet spending has more than doubled in America from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006.

In 2006, American spending on pets was higher than ever:

–$15.2 billion for food

–$9.3 billion for supplies and over-the-counter medications

–$9.4 billion for veterinarian care

–$1.8 billion for live animal purchases

–$2.7 billion for other services

Here are some additional facts from the APPMA:

–Total pet spending in America during 2005 was larger than projected with total sales coming in at $36.3 billion.

–Both veterinary care and other services had stronger than anticipated performances in 2005.

–New and expanded veterinary services such as joint replacement surgeries, delicate eye procedures, and senior health care helped increase total spending by almost 8 percent over 2004.

Other innovative new services continue to increase market penetration with pet spas and hotels, grooming, pet therapy and related services.

Hey, in China, dogs are people food.

“Both of these segments should maintain strong performances this year as pet ownership continues to increase especially among key demographic sectors including baby boomers and young professional couples,” said Bob Vetere, President of APPMA.

–Growth in the pet food sector performed as forecasted at 3.5 percent over 2004. “It is interesting to note that food continues to show growth not only in the expected high-end areas with vitamin fortified formulas, gourmet lines and natural/organic food but with the value-priced portion of the segment as well,” said Bob Vetere.

Now for Michael Vick. He’s almost certain to lose his Nike contract. He’ll likely never endorse another product in America. And his NFL days may be numbered.

But China has heard about Michael’s hobby and his friends and has offered him a full scholarship at the University of Beijing. But it isn’t for football. The rumor is, he’ll be coaching some other sport.

Related:
Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

Vick Dogfighting Charges Stir Stinging Reaction