Cartoons about Nike sweatshops
After leaving the cotton field early because he was sick, an 18-year-old slave-worker was beaten to death. It’s not the USA hundreds of years ago, it’s Nike’s business partners in 2013.
Remember how human rights reports financed by corporations mostly make the corporations seem nice and law-abiding? Well, Nike is so bad that even those reports document horrible abuse.
Usually we “only” think about unbearable working conditions, psychological and physical abuse, child labor, incredibly low wages. But there’s another issue to add to the long list of worker abuse by Nike: forced labor and human trafficking.
Before we look at some Nike-related political art, consider watching this short investigation by an Australian news-team:
Let’s start with some art addressing a common excuse for sweatshops – “well at least they have jobs”. We’re not saying workers in sweatshops shouldn’t have jobs. The issue is how much they get paid for doing those jobs and what kind of working conditions they have to deal with.
Nike spends almost 3 billion dollars every year on marketing to make us buy their products, it paid Tiger Woods 100 Million dollars for an endorsement contract and makes billions in profits every single year, so it’s clear they have money to pay the workers more than they do now.
Nike admitted to using child labor by children as young as 10, mostly in Pakistan and Cambodia. Add that to their use of slave labor (aka forced labor) and here’s the result:
Another use of the infamous Nike swoosh:
Here’s something that can be interpreted in two ways: brand slavery. Nike uses slave labor, and at the same time, hordes of brainwashed brand-slaves keep financing it:
Break free so others can do it too!