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Deadliest garment factory collapse ever kills 1,138 and injures thousands more
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka on 24 April 2013 cost the lives of 1,138 people and injured nearly 2,600 more, making it the deadliest garment-factory disaster ever. Since that terrible day, labour rights organisations have put continued pressured on international brands, employers’ organisations and governments to compensate the victims through the Rana Plaza Arrangement and to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Fired for resisting sexual harassment
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In September 2013, a female worker was fired after fighting back against sexual harassment. The intimidation had started immediately after she began working in the Richa Global factory in Gurgaon, which was producing for Lidl. When other workers protested against her dismissal, 87 of them were fired too.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Military Police in Garment Factory
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In May 2013, a new manager of the SL Garment factory in Phnom Penh, who was also a shareholder and military general, deployed armed military police in the factory. Unionists who protested against this intimidation were fired, and legal cases were filed against them. In response to the conditions and dismissals, workers went on strike for nearly four months, with eventual negotiations resulting in an agreement in December 2013.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Fire kills eight young women
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
Smart Export Garment in Dhaka is yet another site in Bangladesh where a deadly fire took place in 2013. It took the life of eight young women, and severely injured 25 others. Among the global brands with production at the factory were Inditex, New Look, KiK, Scott & Fox and Solo Invest.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Sentenced to 11 years in prison
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
Somyot, a Thai labour rights activist, human rights defender and magazine editor, has been in detention since April 2011 for the publication of two articles deemed insulting to the king. He was sentenced to eleven years imprisonment in January 2013, with an appeal still pending.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Union leaders finally acquitted
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In August 2009 the Bangkok police issued arrest warrants against three union activists for their role in a peaceful demonstration against the dismissal of nearly 2,000 workers at the Body Fashion Thailand factory, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triumph International. The case went on for several years until it was finally resolved in 2013, when the accused were acquitted.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Pressure for compensation continues for Tazreen Fire brands
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
On November 24 2012 at least 112 workers died and hundreds were severely injured in yet another devastating fire at the nine-storey Tazreen Fashions factory located in Ashulia, Dhaka in Bangladesh. Tazreen Fashions in Dhaka produced garments for well-known brands including C&A, KiK, Walmart, Disney, Dickies and ENYCE.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Bangladesh formula crosses borders to Cambodia
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In May 2013 the Wing Star Shoe factory, located in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital Phnom Penh collapsed. Two people died and 29 people were injured. The Clean Clothes Campaign contacted the main buyer, sportswear brand ASICS and worked together with the Worker Rights Consortium, Solidarity Center and the Community Legal Education Center to reach agreement on the compensation.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Continued denial of right to unionise
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 06-01-2015 14:21 — filed under: ,
Workers at a garment factory near Lahore are continuing their fifteen-year struggle against union-busting practices by the factory management.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2014 / Cases
Over fifteen years of union-busting
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 07-10-2014 12:05 — filed under: ,
For over fifteen years workers at a factory near Lahore, Pakistan, have been fighting union-busting practices by the factory management. Among the tactics employed are the firing of union officials, legal cases against the union and refusal to comply with court orders for a union referendum.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013