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Over fifteen years of union-busting
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 07-10-2014 12:05 — filed under: ,
For over fifteen years workers at a factory near Lahore, Pakistan, have been fighting union-busting practices by the factory management. Among the tactics employed are the firing of union officials, legal cases against the union and refusal to comply with court orders for a union referendum.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
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
Pressure for compensation continues for Tazreen Fire brands
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
On November 24 2012 at least 112 workers died and hundreds were severely injured in yet another devastating fire at the nine-storey Tazreen Fashions factory located in Ashulia, Dhaka in Bangladesh. Tazreen Fashions in Dhaka produced garments for well-known brands including C&A, KiK, Walmart, Disney, Dickies and ENYCE.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Pressure on unionised workers
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
The Turkish union Deri-Is asked the Clean Clothes Campaign for support in a case of dismissal of four union members and intimidation of union members at the Ismaco factory. The Clean Clothes Campaign engaged with the Dutch owner and Italian buyers, and worked closely with Italian trade unions.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Protest against sexual harrassment results in layoffs
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 06-01-2015 14:52 — filed under: ,
In September 2013, a female worker was fired after fighting back against sexual harassment. The intimidation had started immediately after she began working in the Richa Global factory in Gurgaon, which was producing for Lidl. After seven months of sexual harassment and intimidation at the factory by her supervisor and a quality checker, the female worker fought back and hit both of them with her slippers. When other workers protested against her dismissal, 87 of them were fired too.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2014 / Cases
Sentenced to 11 years in prison
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
Somyot, a Thai labour rights activist, human rights defender and magazine editor, has been in detention since April 2011 for the publication of two articles deemed insulting to the king. He was sentenced to eleven years imprisonment in January 2013, with an appeal still pending.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Shot for asking $10
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:10 — filed under: ,
In February 2012 over a thousand workers from three factories were protesting for better working conditions, including a salary increase of $10 per month over their $61 per month minimum wage. Then there was a shooting in front of the Kaoway Sports company, and three young female protestors were shot. One of them needed intensive care treatment in the capital Phnom Penh.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
Still failing to pay up
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 26-01-2015 15:43 — filed under: ,
Of the US$ 30 million needed to compensate victims of the devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, only 21 million has been donated so far.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2014 / Cases
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
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