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Pressure on unionised workers
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
The Turkish union Deri-Is asked the Clean Clothes Campaign for support in a case of dismissal of four union members and intimidation of union members at the Ismaco factory. The Clean Clothes Campaign engaged with the Dutch owner and Italian buyers, and worked closely with Italian trade unions.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Thousands of workers left jobless
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: , ,
6,000 workers were left jobless after three factories in Sri Lanka and two in Pakistan were closed. The sole owner of the five factories disappeared with all of the company’s assets. In March 2013 the Clean Clothes Campaign reached out to several European buyers.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Historic settlement after months of struggle
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 28-05-2014 13:17 — filed under: ,
In late 2012 nearly 200 garment workers at the Kingsland factory in Phnom Penh were deprived of their severance pay after the factory abruptly closed its doors. To prevent the factory's assets being stripped (equipment being taken away and sold) they started a months-long vigil and protest camp in front of the factory. This resulted in a historic settlement with Walmart and H&M in March 2013.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Adidas pays up after two years
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
The PT Kizone factory in East Java closed in 2011 without paying 2,800 workers their legally required severance payments. Two companies that were buying garments from Kizone provided funds towards the total severance pay that was due. However, workers were still owed a remaining US $1.8 million. A lengthy campaign, driven by former Kizone workers and several international groups, resulted in Adidas reaching an agreement with the workers, which led to the payment of the remaining severance in June 2013, two years after the closure.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Factory inspection: threat of collapse
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
Inspections carried out in June 2013 revealed that the building of Liberty Fashion Wears in Dhaka was at risk of collapse, and the lives of 5,000 workers were at risk. Immediate evacuation of the workers and restoration of the building were necessary. After the failure of the owner to make the much-needed repairs, several brands pulled out of the factory.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Tortured and fired for demanding a fair wage
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In early 2013, garment workers at the MN Sweater factory near Dhaka realised they had not been paid what they were entitled to. When sixteen of them complained, they were tortured and fired by the factory's management. The Clean Clothes Campaign, together with the 3F union, has been working to achieve justice for the workers.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Workers singled out for organising a union
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
After workers of the Modelama factory in North India registered their union in December 2012, the management dismissed fourteen workers. The union's general secretary and two other workers were transferred to remote factories in retaliation for their work with the union. Although an initial agreement was reached to reinstate the workers, the company continues to harass the union. Buyers include Gap and Next.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
OECD complaint after forced settlement
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In 2011, 22 workers at the Mölnlycke factory were dismissed after the management accused them of “striking illegally”. The Thai Industrial Relations Committee (IRC), which looks into labour conflicts in the country, investigated the incident and concluded that the workers had to be reemployed. The case went to court after the management refused to reinstate them. In 2013 the case was settled and an OECD complaint was filed to question the outcome once more.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Unionised workers singled out for layoffs
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
The 2011 layoffs at the Pinehurst factory in San Pedro Sula, producing for Adidas and Nike, were believed to be targeting trade union representatives. The Clean Clothes Campaign has been monitoring the situation throughout 2013 and has been mediating in contacts between the union and management. Recently, a collective agreement was reached.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Lost contact due to increased intimidation
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
Since 2012, workers at SC Enterprises have faced ongoing intimidation due to their trade union activities. Conditions inside the factory are grim, with low wages, long working hours and forced underpaid overtime. Due to the high level of intimidation the Clean Clothes Campaign lost contact with the workers on the ground in 2013.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013