Workers Speak Out Against Labor Rights Violations (UCLA/Indonesia)
Program with Indonesian garment workers who sewed Adidas college apparel and United Students Against Sweatshops
Thursday, April 25, 20137:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Student Activities Center, Ballroom 5 (3rd floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90095
An evening with Yudo Sasmito and Asmiati Wandoyo, Indonesian garment workers who sewed Adidas college apparel; and United Students Against Sweatshops
PT Kizone workers will speak about their struggle to force Adidas to pay $1.8 million in legally owed severance pay to the 2,800 former workers at PT Kizone, whose factory shut down over a year ago. PT Kizone was an apparel factory located in Tangerang, Indonesia. Prior to its closure, the facility employed roughly 2,800 people who sewed Adidas apparel for 60 cents per hour, on average. Adidas is the second largest sports apparel provider in the world, bringing in $8.21 billion in gross profit in 2011. But despite profiting more than ever, Adidas refuses to address serial human rights violations within its supply chain.
Students will use this event to bolster their campaign to get Chancellor Gene Block to cut UCLA's contract with Adidas, as the violations at PT Kizone constitute a violation of the university’s labor code of conduct for apparel production. To date, thirteen universities– U Washington, Rutgers, Cornell, Oberlin, William and Mary, Georgetown, Santa Clara, Penn State, Northeastern, University of Montana, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Morris, and Crookston – have terminated their contracts with Adidas over sweatshop abuse.
Cost : Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, United Students Against Sweatshops, and Planners of Color for Social Equity