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Dismissals instead of pay rise
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 30-04-2015 12:56 — filed under: ,
After the refusal of management to pay agreed-upon half-yearly salary increments, workers at the Palla & Co footwear factory in the Western province of Sri Lanka organised in a factory-level union. However, the management refused to engage in negotiations. Following subsequent workers’ protests, the factory management suspended fifteen union officials in November 2013 and dismissed 179 union members in December 2013.
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
Three years on: still no settlement
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In 2009 workers at the Bratex factory in Colombo went on strike. Their concerns over wages and freedom of association were not addressed by the management. Following the strike 31 union activists were dismissed without the required procedures. Throughout 2013 CCC has demanded that the Fair Labor Association and Fruit of the Loom ensure that Bratex will sign an agreement with the union on the reinstatement of the workers.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
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
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
Fired at Fruit of the Loom supplier
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:10 — filed under: ,
In Colombo, the Bratex factory produces underwear for Fruit of the Loom and Viania. Workers have been intimidated, and 31 trade union leaders have been arrested and fired after a legal strike in 2011, which broke out after management failed to respond to workers’ concerns about wages and freedom of association.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Brands and management fail to resolve Bratex dispute
by geertjan published 22-10-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:51 — filed under: , , ,
CCC calls on Bratex management and buyers Fruit of the Loom and Viania to resolve a dispute in the factory, which has been ongoing for more than two years. Sri Lankan supplier Bratex has yet to come to an agreement with workers, meaning 31 workers remain without jobs, and workers' demands in relation to wages, bonuses and freedom of association have still not been met. The year long investigation of the Fair Labor Association FLA has failed to produce any results.
Located in News / / 10 / 22
Don't blame the whistle-blower: Mirrai responsible for loss of orders
by geertjan published 08-08-2012 last modified 29-04-2013 15:43 — filed under: ,
Clean Clothes Campaign and IndustriALL reproach the Employers' Federation of Ceylon for lashing out at the trade union FTZGSEU.
Located in News / / 08 / 08