Around 500 Indonesian employees of US footwear giant Nike staged a demonstration outside the firm's office in Jakarta yesterday to protest at its plans to cut back sports shoe production in the country.

The workers claim the decision will leave about 7,000 jobless, and want the US firm to honour its pledge to provide loans, education and health care.

An earlier statement from Nike said its orders with 47 Indonesian factories meant 120,000 workers would still be employed at its Indonesian shoe suppliers.