Trade unions from various countries have filed a formal complaint against Nike for violating labour rights and failing to comply with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines.

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Trade unions have filed a complaint against Nike 

In a complaint filed with the US National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct, trade unions accused the sportswear giant of violating the OECD responsible business guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The complaint accused Nike of inflicting “severe human rights impacts” on garment workers in its supply chain. 

The trade unions said this affected 450,000 supply chain workers at 94 factories across five countries and demanded that Nike compensates them for lost wages.

The complaint was filed by a total of 20 unions from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and two NGOs, Asia Floor Wage Alliance and Global Labor Justice-International Labour Rights Forum.

The OECD guidelines are a set of recommendations followed by multinational enterprises to avoid and address human rights or other grievances that may arise during operations or supply chain management.

Nike has failed to respond to the unions’ request for dialogue. 

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