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Musical Acts, Armstrong To Lend Support To Nike's Human Race
Published August 4, 2008
|Nike+ Human Race To Be Held
Simultaneously In 25 Cities Globally
WORKER RIGHTS: Nike said that it "has taken steps to correct worker-abuse problems in a factory it uses in Malaysia," an action that the company said "reflects its concerns about the country's chronic labor shortage and how it affects factory workers" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/4). In Portland, Richard Read reported Nike "plans to investigate all 37 of its contract factories in Malaysia after a television station found that one plant garnished wages, housed foreign workers in squalor and withheld their passports." Australia broadcaster Channel 7 said that it "found 'human trafficking on a massive scale' at the T-shirt factory, where foreign workers were paid a pittance to manufacture apparel." The TV report last week said that "workers were housed 26 to a room in filthy conditions, with hundreds of men bathing in a single trough" (Portland OREGONIAN, 8/2).