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Nike deflects criticism over worker abuse claims in Indonesia

By Niniek Karmini and Stephen Wright  /  AP, SUKABUMI and JAKARTA, INDONESIA

It says it also is closely monitoring the PT Amara factory.

After years of criticism over its labor practices at factories abroad, Nike in 2005 became the first major apparel company to disclose the names and locations of hundreds of plants that produce its sneakers, clothes and other products.

It admitted finding “abusive treatment” — either physical or verbal — in many of the Nike plants. The complaints ranged from workweeks that exceeded 60 hours to being forbidden to go to the bathroom.

The Beaverton, Oregon-based company has since invested heavily in training managers and more closely monitoring their activities.

Nike has not published the locations of all factories making products for affiliate companies, which includes Converse, but plans to by the end of the year.

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