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Intimidation of unionised workers
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:14 — filed under: ,
Since May 2012, workers at SC Enterprises making garments for Italian brand Original Marines have faced ongoing intimidation for their activities with Kasbi trade union. SC Enterprises is an Indonesian supplier located in Central Java. Outwardly a green, “modern environmentally-friendly garment factory”, conditions within the factory are grim, with low wages, long working hours and forced unpaid overtime.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Subcontracted workers discriminated against
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 14-10-2013 12:24 — filed under: ,
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.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
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
Police violence and intimidation
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:15 — filed under: ,
In July 2012 more than 2,000 workers from the Panarub Dwikarya factory, part of the Panarub Group, in Tangerang went on strike to protest against the lack of implementation of the provincial minimum wage, the denial of freedom of association and the bad working conditions at the workplace. They were confronted with police violence, intimidation and the unfair dismissal of 1300 workers that joined the strike. After intervention, buying brands adidas and Mizuno asked for an end to the violations.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Death threats for Morales Montaño
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:13 — filed under: ,
José Enrique Morales Montaño was kidnapped by unknown men who threatened to kill him on 15 May 2012. Morales was a member of the Workers Support Centre (CAT) in Puebla. He was on his way to a hearing of the Local Conciliation and Arbitration Board where the CAT was defending the rights of a group of garment workers.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Union stronger through struggle
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:13 — filed under: ,
The Unitex Exports factory in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, illegally closed down on November 1st 2011. 120 workers were left jobless without receiving compensation, retirement benefits, health insurance or overdue wages. The workers’ union has become stronger through dealing with these issues, and launched a Fair Wage campaign in May.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Formation of factory union stifled
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:13 — filed under: ,
Following the formation of a factory-level union, five workers were sacked at Tokyo Mode Ltd, located north of the capital Dhaka. In order to end this labour rights violation, the Clean Clothes Campaign contacted the main buyers of the company. One of the buyers mediated between factory management, the union and a supporting labour rights NGO in Bangladesh.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Tazreen fire
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
In November 2012, at least 112 workers died and hundreds were severely injured in a fire at Tazreen Fashions, a garment factory near Dhaka. Many of the workers jumped to their deaths trying to escape from the nine-storey building. Others were burned alive. Fire exits were either absent or closed. Tazreen produced garments for well-known brands including C&A, KIK, Walmart, Disney, Dickies and ENYCE.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Aminul Islam murdered
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
Aminul Islam, a labour rights defender and long time partner of the Clean Clothes Campaign, was severely tortured and murdered on 4 April 2012. He had been tortured and jailed by security forces on previous occasions prior to his disappearance and killing. Sadly, no one has yet been held responsible for this murder.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Mölnlycke's workers disposable?
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
Mölnlycke Health Care produces single-use surgical gowns near Bangkok. Workers there were accused of an “illegal strike” and fired in September 2011. A Thai special committee for resolving labour conflicts investigated the incident. The committee concluded that no strike had taken place and that Mölnlycke ought to reemploy the workers. However, Mölnlycke went to court instead.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012