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Victory: settlement with underwear factory Bratex
by Mirjam van Heugten published 29-07-2014 — filed under: , , , ,
We are pleased to announce that the Sri Lankan Free Trade Zone and General Services Employees Union (FTZ&GSEU) reached a settlement with the underwear factory Bratex and the US based company Fruit of the Loom.
Located in News / / 07 / 29
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
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
Sri Lankan trade union victory shows power of international solidarity
by Christie Miedema published 09-02-2017 last modified 08-03-2017 13:28 — filed under: , ,
International support and solidarity can make a real difference in local worker struggles shows this week’s success in Sri Lanka. In a workers’ referendum in two factories with a long history of conflict between employees and management, workers voted to have the trade union recognized as legitimate bargaining partner. In the face of years of intense union busting, this testifies to the empowering nature of international solidarity, called in by the trade union.
Located in News / / 02 / 09
Brands and management fail to resolve Bratex dispute
by Geertjan Davelaar 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 Davelaar 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
Bata refuses to step up for the people who made their shoes
by Mirjam van Heugten published 25-09-2014 last modified 11-05-2015 13:03 — filed under: , , ,
Shoe company Bata refuses to take any responsibility for the resolution of a labour rights conflict arising at the factory Palla & Co., a Sri Lankan shoe factory. Workers say its owner repeatedly refused to pay workers an agreed upon pay rise. Bata, who was sourcing from the factory at the time of the labour conflict, cut its commercial relationship with Palla & Co. in late 2013.
Located in News / / 09 / 25
Focus on labour rights in Sri Lanka prior to the decision on preferential trade access to the EU market
by Neva Nahtigal published 18-04-2017 last modified 02-05-2017 08:29 — filed under: , ,
Two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) visited Sri Lanka to evaluate respect for labour rights prior to the European Union's decision on granting Sri Lanka the so-called GSP+ preferential trade access. During the visit the government committed to labour rights improvements, such as progress on ongoing cases, allowing trade union access to export processing zones, a revision of the labour law and of the union threshold (currently at 40%), and ensuring that the benefits of the preferential trade status would be shared with the workers.
Located in News / / 04 / 18
Join our action: Tell Bata to stop cut-and-run Sri Lanka
by Mirjam van Heugten published 15-12-2014 last modified 11-05-2015 13:33 — filed under: , , , , , ,
Bata admits to a cut-and-run after a conflict in one of the factories in Sri Lanka which made their shoes. One year ago, close to 200 workers were fired after they complained about not getting their salary increases. Join our action, tell Bata on facebook and rate Bata on their own rating page: http://on.fb.me/1sc8n9w
Located in News / / 12 / 15
Deadly lunch at supplier NEXT
by Paul Roeland published 07-01-2015 — filed under: ,
On 4 September 2014, workers at the NEXT factory in Colombo, Sri Lanka were taken ill with food poisoning. Over 200 workers were admitted to a nearby hospital, where one female worker died on 7 September.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2014 / Cases