Seventeen Georgetown undergraduates, who call themselves the Georgetown Solidarity Committee, took over president John DeGioia’s office last week to demand that the school cut its licensing agreement with Nike because of what they say are unfair labor practices at the company’s factories in Vietnam.

The two-day student sit-in ended after the university accepted their conditions and promised that the school’s president would meet to discuss their concerns by Wednesday of this week.

They pointed to a recent report by the Worker Rights Consortium, an independent labor monitoring group, that alleged poor treatment of workers including padlocking them into the factory, not allowing bathroom breaks, temperatures in the factory that averaged above 90 degrees and the firing of workers who become pregnant.

The students want the university to not renew its contract with Nike unless the contract includes language that expressly allowed the WRC to conduct independent inspections and reports of Nike factories.

Sabrina Oei, a Nike spokeswoman, said in a statement that the company remains hopeful of reaching an agreement on Georgetown’s licensing contract.

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via: The Washington Post
h/t: Sole Collector

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