Take action on Adidas with Indonesian workers
1 Jun 2012
In solidarity with Indonesian workers, People & Planet and other groups will be protesting outside one of Adidas's London stores on June 8th. Can you come?
What’s the problem?
In December 2011 Playfair 2012 reported on the ongoing dispute at an ex- Adidas supplier, PT Kizone, where workers were owed $3.4 million dollars in severance pay. These workers have been fighting to get compensation ever since April 2011, when the factory finally closed following the abscondment of its Korean owner in January 2011.
Other clients at the factory, NIKE, the Dallas Cowboys and Green Textile (who were operating as a buying agent for Adidas among others) have contributed a total of $1.5 million towards the debt owed to workers. To date Adidas continues to deny responsibility for these workers and has refused to contribute to ensure the 2,800 workers receive the money they are owed in back wages and severance, according to a report by the Worker Rights Consortium.
The report shows the value of Worker Right Consortium affiliation, one of the goals of our Buy Right campaign. Universities need to know what is going on in their supply chains, so they can take meaningful action.
Workers in Indonesia have called for solidarity action in response to $1.8 million in severance pay they say they are legally owed .
Students across the world have formed a global campaign to help win back their severance pay and some universities have threatened to cut their Adidas contracts. Will UK students join them and get Adidas to pay their fair share? It’s down to you.
Adidas are under a lot of pressure. They have already offered the unemployed workers food vouchers and say they have reemployed some of the workers. We say that people can’t live on food vouchers alone. We think if we pile on more pressure now Adidas may pay the workers the severance money, ending the dispute.