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Unprotected polishing
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:11 — filed under: ,
The Dynamic Casting factory in Guangzhou produced golf clubs for Adidas. Due to appalling working conditions, more than 100 workers, most of them polishers, contracted occupational diseases. These included lung disease, damaged hearing, benzene poisoning and Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAV). Dynamic Casting has failed to adequately protect or compensate the workers concerned, while production is being transferred to Taiwan.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Hazardous workplaces
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:11 — filed under: ,
Two accidents cost the lives of three workers in Continental Garments factories in Dhaka. At the Eurotex factory, an exploding boiler caused panic among the workers. In the resulting stampede, two workers lost their lives. Only three weeks later, in another Continental Garments factory, a lift cable broke, resulting in the death of another worker.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Accord on Fire and Building Safety
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:11 — filed under: ,
After exposure in the media for lack of workers' safety at their Bangladeshi suppliers, the owner of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein signed a binding Safety Agreement with Bangladeshi and international labour organisations in March 2012. In August 2012 German retailer Tchibo was the second company to sign this agreement.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Workwear workers dismissed
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:11 — filed under: ,
In 2005, 518 workers, almost all of them women, took part in a strike at the Sri Lankan GP Garments factory demanding their festival bonus as promised by the factory management. They were subsequently dismissed without the correct procedures being followed. Thirty-seven of them are facing legal procedures, with a high court verdict still pending.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
€4.7 million in overdue wages
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:10 — filed under: ,
Garment company Hey Tekstil did not pay its employees from November 2011 to February 2012, then fired them without notice and failed to pay them the severance payments required by law. The workers organised actions and picket lines for months to get what is owed to them by the company. A web appeal and solidarity actions targeting Esprit have been set up to support them.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Shot for asking $10
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:10 — filed under: ,
In February 2012 over a thousand workers from three factories were protesting for better working conditions, including a salary increase of $10 per month over their $61 per month minimum wage. Then there was a shooting in front of the Kaoway Sports company, and three young female protestors were shot. One of them needed intensive care treatment in the capital Phnom Penh.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Holiday to sabotage union referendum
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
Following the registration of their union at the Mirrai factory, union members have been intimidated and transferred. When the union asked for a referendum to establish its right to be a collective bargaining agent for the workers, the management declared the day of the referendum a holiday and intimidated the workers.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Conditions improved
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
After filing a complaint about working conditions and contract issues at the Orion Conmerx factory in Gurgaon, most of the 41 workers who signed the complaint were either laid off or forced to resign. After follow-up action by the Worker Rights Consortium and the Clean Clothes Campaign, contract terms have been improved.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Buyer compensates fired unionists
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
At the Busana Prima Global factory, seven female workers were dismissed for their union work. They had visited the Bogor District Department for Manpower to discuss continuing violations of labour rights at their workplace. On the dismissal of the seven unionists, 37 co-workers went on strike. The factory management has not been willing to change its behaviour.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Adidas supplier owed workers $3.4 million
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:10 — filed under: ,
Sportswear manufacturer Kizone, located west of Jakarta, closed in April 2011 with its owner simply disappearing. The 2,800 workers who lost their job were legally entitled to severance payments totalling 3.4 million dollars. Although almost half of this amount was provided by two of the buyers from Kizone in 2011, another main Kizone buyer, Adidas, refused to contribute to the severance fund.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012