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.
September 24, 1993 |
Relations between the United States and this country, traditionally one of Washington's staunchest allies in Southeast Asia, are at a frosty low ebb over human rights and labor practices. A team of officials from the office of U.S.
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.
January 29, 1997 |
Is the Clinton administration serious this time? Or is this yet another Washington version of an Indonesian shadow play? Those are the questions that come to mind about President Clinton's Asia policy in the early days of his second term. For strange as it may sound, given the role Indonesian-linked money has played in the furor over Democratic Party fund-raising, Clinton is quietly laying the groundwork for what could be a new, tougher policy to combat Indonesia's repressive labor practices.