Over 5,000 workers of Indonesian shoe companies resumed their rally on Monday, demanding U.S. shoe company Nike Inc., not to cut orders.
Riding hundreds buses and motorcycles, the protesters from the two local partners of Nike Inc., the Naga Sakti Pharama Shoes Corp., and Hardaya Aneka Shoes Corps.,staged rallies outside of trade ministry, the Indonesian shoe association office and the stock exchange building in the capital of Jakarta, where the Nike Indonesia takes office.
The rally is ahead of the meeting of the Indonesian government, Nike representative and the owner of the companies on Tuesday in Singapore.
The rally aimed at sending messages to the government representatives and Nike Inc., to meet the demand of over 14,000 workers, whom have cooperated with Nike Indonesia for about 18 years.
Some of the protesters came to the office of Nike Indonesia at the Stock Exchange Building in the down town, but failed to meet officials, as the office had been empty.
"We have sealed the Nike office," said Sunardi a coordinator of the workers.
He threatened to bring more people should their demand would not be complied by Nike Inc.
"If Nike does not respond, we all must call Nike must exit from Indonesia," said Sunardi.
On Tuesday's meeting in Singapore, Indonesia will be represented by the chief of Investment Coordinating Board Muhammad Lutfi, the owner of the two local companies and the representativeof Nike Inc..
"I send this message to the government, which will have a meeting tomorrow, please meet this aspiration," he said.
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Earlier the Nike Inc., has decided to terminate contracts with the two local companies due to poor quality reason, and planned to find other local partners.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked for the best settlement of the dispute.
The President Director of the owners of the two companies and Hartati Murdaya quoted by Antara News agency as saying that she had asked Nike Inc., not to stop its orders to the two companies all at once, but one by one owing to the fact that the two companies had employed about 14,000 workers.
She said that the two companies had been receiving shoe-making orders for 20 years from Nike Inc.
Murdaya said that her companies faced difficulties to comply with the price request of Nike because the wages of their workers who had been working with them for over 15 years, had reached over1,000,000 rupiah (some 100 U.S. dollars) plus an over time payment of over 2 million rupiah (about 200 U.S. dollars).
"The price offered by Nike is 11 U.S. dollars a pair of shoes. This is cheaper than the 15 U.S. dollars price a pair 15-18 years ago. Now it is trying to find new factories which offer lower prices of 10 U.S. dollars or even seven U.S. dollars a pair," she said.