Bangladeshi garment workers face mass firings and criminal charges

Bangladeshi garment workers face mass firings and criminal charges

05-01-2017 13:50

Since last month's wage protests began in the capital of Bangladesh many workers as well as several grassroots worker organizations located in the region faced a series of repressive actions. About 2,000 workers were fired. Ten cases filed at the Ashulia police station accuse 1,500 unnamed workers and 150 named workers of vandalism, looting, threatening other workers, and assaulting factory officials. At least 13 union leaders and activists, many of whom had no association with the protests, were detained or arrested. As of January 4, 2017, at least 11 remain in police custody.

Victory: Company drops legal case against Romanian journalist reporting on dire working conditions

Victory: Company drops legal case against Romanian journalist reporting on dire working conditions

22-12-2016 16:40

An international campaign convinced the Italian-owned factory Maglierie Cristian Impex in Romania to drop the trial against a Romanian investigative journalist for reporting on dire working conditions in one of the largest producers of garments in Romania. The factory employs around 900 people and produces for luxury brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Marco Polo and LaCoste, but also for high street fashion brands such as Zara and Bershka.

CCC urge EU to address Sri Lanka's labour violations prior to re-admission GSP+

CCC urge EU to address Sri Lanka's labour violations prior to re-admission GSP+

30-11-2016 15:30

Clean Clothes Campaign, IndustriALL Global Union and the International Trade Union Confederation urge the European Union to adopt a roadmap for Sri Lanka with time-bound measures to comply with the ILO core conventions before the country can benefit from GSP+. Sri Lanka is currently in serious breach of those conventions.

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety overstates progress while workers' lives remain at risk

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety overstates progress while workers' lives remain at risk

21-11-2016 09:20

An analysis published by labour rights organizations today reveals considerable delays in repairing safety defects in factories supplying member companies of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Even more concerning is the fact that the Alliance overstates progress: many of the factories listed as "on track" on the Alliance website still face major safety hazards. This means that hundred thousands of workers stitching clothes for Walmart, Gap, VF Corporation, Target and Hudson's Bay Company, and their European subsidiaries Asda (Walmart), Galeria Kaufhof and Galeria Inno (both HBC), continue to work in hazardous conditions. These brands, despite knowing about these risks for a considerable time, have failed to make sure these factories are safe.

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