November 8, 1994 |
A week before a state visit by President Clinton, an Indonesian court Monday sentenced the leader of the country's largest independent labor union to three years in prison for allegedly inciting workers to violence earlier this year. Muchtar Pakpahan was the fourth senior official of the Indonesian Prosperous Labor Union to be sentenced to prison in connection with riots in the Sumatran city of Medan in April.
August 18, 1994
The Republic of Indonesia, which once relied on oil as its chief asset, has worked hard to diversify its economy since oil prices began tumbling in the early 1980s. Those efforts have begun to pay off. The agriculture and service sectors have shown growth and manufacturing is growing rapidly. ECONOMY: In the past decade, Indonesia has experienced growth in gross domestic product similar to the fast pace of growth in other Southeast Asia nations.
November 21, 1997 |
Mattel Inc. on Thursday established a code of conduct for its suppliers and contractors prohibiting the use of child labor and the breaking of minimum wage laws. The El Segundo-based maker of Barbie dolls and other best-selling toys said the code doesn't allow its plants or contractors to hire workers under the age of 16 or to use forced labor or prison labor. Mattel said it will terminate suppliers that fail to meet the standards.
September 22, 1992 |
Suyatmi, a shy, 20-year-old factory worker, is too poor to know much about sneakers. She never heard of Bo Jackson and is too skinny to care about aerobics. Her world consists of a rented, five-foot-square room in a shantytown where she sleeps on the concrete floor with three other young women. Every day at 7 a.m., Suyatmi begins work at P. T. Hardaya Aneka Shoes Industry, one of six companies in Indonesia making sports shoes for Nike Inc., the spectacularly successful U.S.
December 13, 1994 |
A 21-year-old woman with little formal education and bleak prospects, Rasiya never considered herself a radical. But she did not hesitate when her fellow workers got up from their sewing machines and marched out on strike. Rasiya is one of 6,000 young women employed by an ethnic Chinese businessman to make Adidas sports shoes for the American and European markets. The shoes cost more than $100 a pair when they finally reach the boutiques of the West, but the workers take home only $1.39 a day.
April 28, 1997 |
A violent union protest involving nearly 5,000 workers at an Indonesian factory that makes shoes for Nike Inc. was resolved after the owner, PT Hardaya Aneka Shoe Industry, agreed to a 10.7% pay increase, a Nike spokesman said. Angry workers at the factory outside Jakarta said they were not being paid Indonesia's $2.50-a-day minimum wage, but Nike said they receive more than that. The Beaverton, Ore.