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File Troff document Asia Wage Report
by emma published 16-09-2014 last modified 13-01-2016 11:49 — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
The Clean Clothes Campaign and the Asia Floor Wage Alliance believe that being paid less than a living wage is a violation of an individual’s human rights. This report looks at the low wages being paid across six of the major garment producing countries in Asia – Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. It also looks at the responsibilities of both state and global apparel brands and their suppliers in addressing poverty wages and the steps that must be taken immediately if the garment industry is to provide a decent life for those working within it. The report was published in 2014.
Located in Resources / Publications from the Clean Clothes Campaign
Bata dodging responsibility
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 11-05-2015 13:42 — filed under: ,
More than a year after the dismissal of 179 workers at the Palla & Co. footwear factory, the main buyer Bata has refused to meaningfully engage in the resolution of the labour rights conflict.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2014 / Cases
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
Brands and management fail to resolve Bratex dispute
by geertjan 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
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
Dismissals instead of pay rise
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 30-04-2015 12:56 — filed under: ,
After the refusal of management to pay agreed-upon half-yearly salary increments, workers at the Palla & Co footwear factory in the Western province of Sri Lanka organised in a factory-level union. However, the management refused to engage in negotiations. Following subsequent workers’ protests, the factory management suspended fifteen union officials in November 2013 and dismissed 179 union members in December 2013.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Don't blame the whistle-blower: Mirrai responsible for loss of orders
by geertjan 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
Fired at Fruit of the Loom supplier
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:10 — filed under: ,
In Colombo, the Bratex factory produces underwear for Fruit of the Loom and Viania. Workers have been intimidated, and 31 trade union leaders have been arrested and fired after a legal strike in 2011, which broke out after management failed to respond to workers’ concerns about wages and freedom of association.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012
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
Holiday to sabotage union referendum
by Paul Roeland published 03-10-2013 last modified 10-10-2013 14:12 — filed under: ,
Following the registration of their union at the Mirrai factory, union members have been intimidated and transferred. When the union asked for a referendum to establish its right to be a collective bargaining agent for the workers, the management declared the day of the referendum a holiday and intimidated the workers.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2012 / Urgent appeal cases in 2012