Nike Betrays 30,000 Garment Workers in Indonesia

Dear friends, 

I am reaching out to you on behalf of over 30,000 workers and families who are fighting for their livelihoods.

As the President of GSBI, I work to represent hundreds of workers who have sown for over 20 years for Nike Inc. in Indonesia. In the summer of 2018, at least five Indonesian Garment Unions including Serikat Pekerja Nasional/National Workers Union Federation-indonesia, protested Nike’s decision to withdraw all apparel production from Indonesia. Nike’s decision has already led to the mass termination and buyouts of thousands of workers represented by GSBI, KASBI, and DSI at PT Kaho Inda and more.

Nike first broke ground in Indonesia over fifty years ago. After decades of building their profits on the backs of Indonesian labor, they’ve decided to turn their back on thousands of us.

When it comes to the garment and textile sector, our country leads in terms of freedom of association.

Members of our union have demonstrated for job security and higher pay these last few years and we believe Nike is leaving because we have strong unions.

The majority of Nike workers in Indonesia are women. Nike pays to have a progressive facade, but behind that mask of “empowered women and brave athletes” is us. Workers fighting for our jobs.  We ask you to listen to us, and not to Nike’s PR.

In partnership with United Students Against Sweatshops, we are launching a global campaign to demand that Nike stop betraying the unionized workers in Indonesia who create their profits.

With your support, we have a real chance at winning.

Will you join our fight? Donate today to support our union, and unions around the world in similar struggles, in getting the support we need to take on the biggest sportswear corporation in the world, and keep our jobs.

#KeepNikeUnion #NikeGhostTown #NikeResponsibility


In solidarity,



International Union League for Brand Responsibility


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