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Factory tries to dodge inflation correction
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
Gokaldas Exports refused to pay an increased inflation correction fee to approximately 9,900 workers in six of their factories in Bangalore. The Clean Clothes Campaign and the Workers Rights Consortium contacted main buyers H&M and Adidas. They discussed the issue with Gokaldas, after which the so-called Dearness Allowance was paid to the workers, including back payment.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Attacked for standing up for their rights
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
After firing 33 workers in 2007 and illegally dismissing eight union leaders in 2010, the E-Garment factory located just outside Phnom Penh engaged in several violent and unprovoked attacks on employees who were peacefully protesting against the company’s refusal to reinstate their colleagues. After lengthy protests, an agreement was signed ensuring the rights of workers to return to their jobs and for proper compensation.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Fired women partly compensated by buyer
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 28-05-2014 11:51 — filed under: ,
In 2010, seven female union organisers were fired at the Busana Prima Global factory in Bogor, resulting in a solidarity strike of 37 of their co-workers. The situation did not improve even after main buyer Jack Wolfskin and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) repeatedly urged the factory to reinstate the workers and improve working conditions in the factory. CCC, the Fair Wear Foundation and main buyer Jack Wolfskin worked on skills training and a compensation package for the fired women.
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
Bittersweet victory after years of struggle
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
After years of repression by the Bangladeshi government, the NGO registration of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity was reinstated in August 2013. All of the many charges pressed against them have been dropped in the course of 2013 and 2014.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Another deadly fire - despite early warnings
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In October 2013 a fire broke out at Aswad Composite Mills, a fabric factory near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, resulting in the death of seven people and leaving 50 injured. Just a week earlier, the factory had received a formal government notification stating that the building was unsafe for work. However, they continued to operate. The factory was producing fabric for H&M, Primark and Walmart, amongst others.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
A long wait for Power Loom Mazdoor Union workers
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In 2012 twelve garment workers and trade union activists of the Power Loom Mazdoor Union (PLMU) were charged with extortion and terrorism under the Pakistani Anti-Terrorist Act. Six of them were arrested and severely tortured. Although they have been released on bail, the trial against the twelve is still going on, with over 100 court hearings to date.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Fire victims not yet fully compensated
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
A total of 286 workers died and dozens were injured when a fire destroyed the Ali Enterprises factory in Karachi on September 11, 2012. Throughout 2013 the Clean Clothes Campaign has been putting pressure on the main buying company KiK to pay long-term compensation to the victims and the families of the deceased.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Labour rights violations encountered in 2012
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:04 — filed under:
The Clean Clothes Campaign believes that all workers have a right to good and safe working conditions, regardless of sex, age, country of origin, legal status, employment status or location, or any other basis. Fundamental rights include the right to associate freely and bargain collectively, and to earn a living wage that allows workers to live in dignity.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012
Buyer compensates fired unionists
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
At the Busana Prima Global factory, seven female workers were dismissed for their union work. They had visited the Bogor District Department for Manpower to discuss continuing violations of labour rights at their workplace. On the dismissal of the seven unionists, 37 co-workers went on strike. The factory management has not been willing to change its behaviour.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012