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'Insulting the king': Bail denied
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 06-01-2015 15:13 — filed under: ,
Somyot Pruksakasemsuk's 16th request for bail and temporary release, made in November 2014, has been just turned down by the Supreme Court. Somyot had allegedly insulted the Thai royal family.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2014 / Cases
€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
A battle won
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 07-01-2015 13:44 — filed under: ,
Four dismissed union members from the Ismaco factory are fighting their cases in court. They were unlawfully fired by the management of the factory because of their membership of the Turkish union Deri-Teks (Deri-Is).
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2014 / Cases
A long wait for Power Loom Mazdoor Union workers
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In 2012 twelve garment workers and trade union activists of the Power Loom Mazdoor Union (PLMU) were charged with extortion and terrorism under the Pakistani Anti-Terrorist Act. Six of them were arrested and severely tortured. Although they have been released on bail, the trial against the twelve is still going on, with over 100 court hearings to date.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
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
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
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
Aminul Islam murdered
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
Aminul Islam, a labour rights defender and long time partner of the Clean Clothes Campaign, was severely tortured and murdered on 4 April 2012. He had been tortured and jailed by security forces on previous occasions prior to his disappearance and killing. Sadly, no one has yet been held responsible for this murder.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Another deadly fire - despite early warnings
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In October 2013 a fire broke out at Aswad Composite Mills, a fabric factory near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, resulting in the death of seven people and leaving 50 injured. Just a week earlier, the factory had received a formal government notification stating that the building was unsafe for work. However, they continued to operate. The factory was producing fabric for H&M, Primark and Walmart, amongst others.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Attacked for standing up for their rights
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
After firing 33 workers in 2007 and illegally dismissing eight union leaders in 2010, the E-Garment factory located just outside Phnom Penh engaged in several violent and unprovoked attacks on employees who were peacefully protesting against the company’s refusal to reinstate their colleagues. After lengthy protests, an agreement was signed ensuring the rights of workers to return to their jobs and for proper compensation.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013