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€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
2008-2009: Turkey: A Union is a Right - Not a Luxury
by geertjan published 21-03-2013 last modified 29-04-2013 10:44 — filed under: , ,
In April 2008, hundreds of workers at DESA joined Deri Is, the Turkish leather workers union; 44 of them were subsequently dismissed, while another 55 were forced to resign from the union. Workers reacted by demonstrating outside the DESA factory in the Düzce Industrial Zone where they faced constant repression by local police. Many protesters were arrested.
Located in Issues / Archive: Urgent Appeals 2005-2011
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
Background on Hey Tekstil, Turkey
by geertjan published 07-06-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , , , ,
Li & Fung, one of the largest apparel sourcing companies in the world, is refusing to pay 2.038 Hey Tekstil workers in Turkey 4.7 million EUR of overdue wages, severance, and notification payments. The conflict began in February 2012 when the last 420 of 3.000 workers from the Turkish apparel company Hey Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret L.Ş. were fired from the company’s Istanbul factory without notice. The workers got organized and decided to take action. At the time of the closure, workers were producing clothes for such brands as Esprit and Disney, which placed their orders through Li & Fung. For the last two years, Li & Fung had 80-90% of the production at Hey Tekstil factories, according to former Hey Tekstil representatives.
Located in News / / 06 / 07
CCC statement on the use of Syrian workers in high street supply chains
by Mirjam van Heugten published 03-11-2016 last modified 19-04-2017 09:45 — filed under: , , , , ,
Clean Clothes Campaign welcomes the attention received by the recent BBC Panorama investigation into the exploitation of Syrian refugees, including children, within the supply chains of major European clothing retailers. We are calling on the Turkish government, the European Union and all major clothing brands to make sure adequate protections are in place that guarantee full respect of the rights of Syrian workers that will continue to be employed in the production of our clothing.
Located in News / / 11 / 03
Day 230 in the picket line: Esprit involved in Hey Tekstil severance case
by geertjan published 04-10-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , ,
Hong Kong-based brand Esprit was a big buyer from the Hey Tekstil factory in the months before closure last February. An estimated 80-90% of the clothes made at Hey Tekstil in Turkey were for Esprit. Sacked workers are still waiting for back wages in the picket line in Istanbul.
Located in News / / 10 / 04
Esprit and Li&Fung target of international street actions
by geertjan published 06-11-2012 last modified 25-04-2013 13:50 — filed under: , , ,
An international call for action from the Clean Clothes Campaign last week led to protests in cities around the world. In Istanbul, Chiang Mai and Hong Kong workers protested against the failure of Esprit and its agent Li&Fung to pay €4.7 million Euro owed to more than 2000 people who became jobless after the factory closed. 'These actions are only the beginning of our campaign to make Esprit and Li & Fung pay up,' says Ineke Zeldenrust, International Coordinator at Clean Clothes Campaign.
Located in News / / 11 / 06
Forced to resign from union
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:13 — filed under: ,
Hera Tekstil, part of the Roteks Group, is a factory producing for H&M, Lindex and Inditex. In June 2011 the Teksif workers union started an organising campaign, which led to the recruitment of sufficient members for the trade union to register at the factory. Subsequently, workers were intimidated, forced to resign from the union and remaining unionised workers were dismissed. CCC communicated with key buyers and a Spanish trade union federation on follow up.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Hey Tekstil campaign in Turkish
by geertjan published 11-06-2012 last modified 29-04-2013 16:01 — filed under: ,
This is the text of the urgent appeal and the background information, in Turkish
Located in News / / 06 / 11
Hong Kong company Li & Fung refuses to pay workers
by geertjan published 07-06-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , , ,
We urge you to support 420 struggling workers in Turkey who have been staging a picket line in front of Li & Fung for three months. These workers were employed by a company called Hey Tekstil. From November 2011 to February 2012, the company did not pay them for their last three months of work, fired them without notice, and subsequently failed to pay them their legally-mandated severance and notification payments.
Located in News / / 06 / 07