UNIQLO CEO: pay the debt owed to workers who made your clothes in Indonesia!

 

Tadashi Yanai wants the world to believe that his clothing brand UNIQLO is remarkably different from most global fashion brands - that UNIQLO is special, unique, even soulful.

This is a lie. As previous exposés have shown, corporate greed and exploitation of workers is the real driving force behind Uniqlo’s’s brand.

Uniqlo is refusing to pay workers who made their clothes in Indonesia after the sudden unexpected closure of the Jaba Garmindo factory.

In 2014, Uniqlo and other major buyers withdrew orders from the Jaba Garmindo factory, without warning or explanation to the thousands of workers employed there. Just months after Uniqlo’s orders ended the factory fell into bankruptcy and the workers at the Jaba Garmindo factory - 80% of whom are women - went from having a reliable source of income to being left jobless and fighting for their livelihoods. Even worse, the money they are legally owed in unpaid wages and severance pay – amounting to at least $5.5 million - continues to be denied to them. These workers earned this money over many years of working hard and long hours to produce clothes for Uniqlo and other brands. To deny them their payment now is tantamount to wage theft.

Uniqlo is one of the fastest growing clothing brands in the world, generating billions of dollars in profits for its shareholders and owners. Uniqlo’s founder and CEO, Tadashi Yanai, has built up his own personal wealth to an estimated $16 billion, making him the second richest man in Japan and among the richest in the world. Uniqlo can easily pay off the debt to these workers – workers whose labour helped build this fortune.

We can make Uniqlo pay. In just a few weeks, at the end of November, Uniqlo will host its annual meeting for shareholders. This is our opportunity to shine a light on Uniqlo’s disgraceful behaviour. We can ensure that wage theft and worker exploitation are not part of Uniqlo’s business plan.

The Jaba Garmindo workers have been fighting tirelessly and courageously over the past two years and now want our support in their fight against Uniqlo’s wage theft.

Sign and share the petition demanding that Uniqlo pay what they owe to the Jaba Garmindo workers! We already have close to 20,000 signatures. Help us double it and reach 40,000 before the AGM so we can prove that business as usual is not an option for Uniqlo.

“Contribute to society’ is part of the Yanai doctrine. Demand Uniqlo live up to its principles and pay what is owed to the workers who made Uniqlo clothes at the Jaba Garmindo factory in Indonesia.

 Uniqlo boss: Where is your soul? The Jaba Garmindo workers need respect and justice

 

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SAMPLE TEXT TO USE: I insist that Uniqlo pay the estimated $5.5 million owed in unpaid wages and severance pay to the Jaba Garmindo workers in Indonesia. These workers earned this money over many years of working hard and long hours to produce clothes for Uniqlo. To deny them their payment now is tantamount to wage theft. I demand that Uniqlo’s CEO pay this debt immediately. This is how Uniqlo can live up to its principles and make a positive difference in society.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE JABA GARMINDO FACTORY

Read the report by the Worker Rights Consortium about the Jaba Garmindo Factory in Indonesia.