Subcontracted workers discriminated against

published 03-10-2013 14:20, last modified 14-10-2013 12:24
The Contemporary Classic factory in India was illegally subcontracting 300 of its 350 workers. The subcontracted workers were discriminated against: they received lower wages than the others, due to additional deductions. In April 2012 union leader Mohanlal was illegally dismissed after raising these issues. Contemporary Classic produced for Milan-based brand Piazza Italia.

The Contemporary Classic factory in India was illegally subcontracting 300 of its 350 workers. The subcontracted workers were discriminated against: they received lower wages than the others, due to additional deductions. In April 2012 union leader Mohanlal was illegally dismissed after raising these issues. Contemporary Classic produced for Milan-based brand Piazza Italia.

The Clean Clothes Campaign has sent letters to the owner of the factory, but never received a reply. The management of the factory has discouraged the workers from unionising. The factory has been relocated.

The events at Contemporary Classic are a violation of the right to good working conditions.

What do companies and Multi Stakeholder Initiaves think of the CCC? *

“CCC has been one of the defining influences on code of conduct over the last 10 years. Codes of conduct have moved from being a fringe idea to a central plank of single CSR policy in the industry. A large part of that is because CCC internationally have been a champion for the role of brands taking action... and have placed and kept the issue in the public domain.”

“CCC have had impact by raising our awareness, triggering the development of our code of conduct and our subsequent mechanisms on monitoring, disclosure practises, decision to join MSI, training and follow-up.”

“If there is a critical situation in a factory that we have not become aware of ourselves, we do of course react immediately, if this is brought to our attention by CCC.”

“All activities raise awareness but do not change policies, urgent appeals have most impact to improve or change the way of working with a supplier or improve a situation if needed.”

* Quotes from internal report that assesses how Clean Clothes Campaign's labour rights corporate accountability work, including the Urgent Appeal system, has impacted corporate behavior between 1994 and 2010.

Pins Brown, 2010. Impact Assessment of Corporate Accountability Activities of Clean Clothes Campaign. Unpublished report on file.