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It circulated a letter to presidents of 600 academic institutions, urging that greater attention be given to the possibility that mandating codes of conduct and higher wages in response to the anti-sweatshop advocates actually could be detrimental to workers in poor countries.
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The second initiative raised the minimum age of all footwear factories to 18 and raised the minimum age of apparel and equipment factories to 16. Current workers of legal age in countries where the standard is lower than Nikes new minimums were not to be affected. Knight was quoted as saying, "Nike has zero tolerance for underage labor. And I really do have to add this: There has never been a time in Nikes history where child labor has been a problem. And I also say that it really hasnt been a problem in the shoe industry as a whole" (Knight Speech 5/12/98).
6.) Nike should work directly with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor to hear the complaints from workers and to talk with workers outside the factory environment. We found that as long as the workers remain within the confines of the factory, they are very fearful and are not willing to talk about their conditions to anyone. The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor at both the local and district levels were very helpful to us in arranging meetings with factory workers outside factories. We believe that the Confederation could be an important addition to Nikes efforts to improve its labor practices.
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The AIP "Preliminary Agreement" failed to provide a consensus for the reforms that need to be issued to remedy the problem of American corporations exploiting international workers. According to UNITE:
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Yet another reason that some groups refused the AIP document was that it did not restrict American companies from producing goods in countries that have legal and practical prohibitions on freedom of association and the rights to organize and bargain collectively. The only provision in the agreement was that companies could not actively seek state authorities for assistance to prevent workers from exercising these rights. UNITE felt that "this presumably means you can let the army in the door but you cant call them. Compare this with the codes and restrictions placed on multinational corporations in apartheid South Africa and the hollowness of this provision becomes clear" (UNITE Commentary 11/2/98).
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It is unfortunate that a unanimous agreement could not be brought forth by the AIP, for one that divided the organization into separate parties, as has happened, will not have the impact on the industry as one borne out of a cohesive unit. Not everyone agreed with President Bill Clinton when he stated that the accord will "give American consumers confidence that the clothes they buy are made under decent and human working conditions. [The] agreement... is an historic step toward reducing sweatshop labor around the world" (Sweatshop Pact Advances).
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The new Nike initiative concerning child labor regulation also leaves something to be desired. It sets a minimum age of 16 in its factories, but Nike made no restriction for countries where workers are legally able to work at 14. It is felt by many pushing reform that even if it is legal for a child of 14 to work in certain nations, it is still considered improper child labor and should not be condoned and implemented in factories of American corporations.