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How was your shoes?

Burn Your Adidas

"Boycott Adidas! Boycott Mizuno!"; shout the workers (2/10_ Jakarta (2/10), 300 women workers from Panarub Dwi Karya (PDK) company, slams to Adidas representative office in Jakarta. They protest because PDK done lay off to 1300 women worker in this company. PDK is a company who produce sport shoes for Adidas and Mizuno didnt pay their salaries for 3 month, the company said they terminate those 1300 workers because they conducting ilegal strike on the factory.

Several month a a go 1300 women workers in PDK, lauch a strike to demand the application of province and sectoral minimum wage, freedom of association and Holyday compensation, and reform on the working place. Instead their demand being disscused the company sent mobile brigade from police dept, to crackdown the strike, the workers didnt give up, and many victims are fall on that day, July 2012.

Yesterday they come back to hold rally again, because one of their sister, Omih, single parent mother, are being arrested, accused as terrorist. Omih did sent the SMS to the management that there are bombs will be exploded in the factory, but its only a threat. Omih action is based on her disappointment to the mangament because they didnt give the permit of her right full annual leave on 2010, and because of that her children (11 month died due to serious illness), since she would like to bring her children to hospital. The situations become worsen, the effect of financial crisis are hitting her family, daily need is more expensive due to austerity measure from the government. Today Omih, still in the prison, and the 1300 workers still in lay off status.

Because of this, Cornell University is breaking they contract with Adidas as provider for sportswear of the university.

Camera: Canon F-1, Nikon F-2, LC-A+

Film: Lucky SHD 100, Fuji Pro Plus II

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  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (31 Jan 2014):

    Its sad how big companies exploit people with their power & money. Great story!!

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