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Violations increase at overseas factories; Audit - A group observing safety, pay and other standards at apparel assembly plants cites revised monitoring in rise
Author: Helen Jung, Oregonian [USA], Published on: 16 November 2005
Factories that make clothing and sneakers for Nike, Adidas-Salomon AG and other manufacturers are still forcing employees to work excessive overtime, failing to follow safety guidelines and blocking workers' efforts to organize, according to a watchdog group's report. Despite widespread attention to improving working conditions in factories, the...audit...by the industry-funded Fair Labor Association...also found that the number of violations rose to 18.2 per factory in 2004 from 15.1 a year earlier... The group does not grade its member companies, which also include Nordstrom, Reebok International Ltd., Eddie Bauer, Patagonia...