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India: Human Rights trial hears fashion worker woes
by geertjan published 23-11-2012 last modified 29-04-2013 15:37 — filed under: ,
Garment workers alongside international brands and government representatives gave evidence at a tribunal which started in Bangalore this week to assess claims of systematic human rights abuses in the Indian garment industry. 250 garment workers from Bangalore, Gurgaon and Tirupur attended the tribunal, foregoing their daily wage and attendance bonus, to share testimonies of rights abuses and exploitation at the hands of western brands, surveyed by a panel of international judges.
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Indian Garment industry to receive human rights trial
by geertjan published 20-11-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:51 — filed under: ,
Local trade unionists condemn GAP for refusing to attend.
Located in News / / 11 / 20
Day 230 in the picket line: Esprit involved in Hey Tekstil severance case
by geertjan published 04-10-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , ,
Hong Kong-based brand Esprit was a big buyer from the Hey Tekstil factory in the months before closure last February. An estimated 80-90% of the clothes made at Hey Tekstil in Turkey were for Esprit. Sacked workers are still waiting for back wages in the picket line in Istanbul.
Located in News / / 10 / 04
Swooning over fashion?
by geertjan published 18-09-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , ,
The Clean Clothes Campaign started a Europe-wide campaign called No More Excuses to demand companies pay sweatshop workers in Cambodia enough to lift them out of poverty. Campaigners in 11 European countries will work together to call on popular brands to pay a living wage to workers. You can help!
Located in News / / 09 / 18
Hey Tekstil campaign in Turkish
by geertjan published 11-06-2012 last modified 29-04-2013 16:01 — filed under: ,
This is the text of the urgent appeal and the background information, in Turkish
Located in News / / 06 / 11
Hong Kong company Li & Fung refuses to pay workers
by geertjan published 07-06-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , , ,
We urge you to support 420 struggling workers in Turkey who have been staging a picket line in front of Li & Fung for three months. These workers were employed by a company called Hey Tekstil. From November 2011 to February 2012, the company did not pay them for their last three months of work, fired them without notice, and subsequently failed to pay them their legally-mandated severance and notification payments.
Located in News / / 06 / 07
Background on Hey Tekstil, Turkey
by geertjan published 07-06-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:50 — filed under: , , , ,
Li & Fung, one of the largest apparel sourcing companies in the world, is refusing to pay 2.038 Hey Tekstil workers in Turkey 4.7 million EUR of overdue wages, severance, and notification payments. The conflict began in February 2012 when the last 420 of 3.000 workers from the Turkish apparel company Hey Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret L.Ş. were fired from the company’s Istanbul factory without notice. The workers got organized and decided to take action. At the time of the closure, workers were producing clothes for such brands as Esprit and Disney, which placed their orders through Li & Fung. For the last two years, Li & Fung had 80-90% of the production at Hey Tekstil factories, according to former Hey Tekstil representatives.
Located in News / / 06 / 07
Statement CCC on Bangladesh
by geertjan published 20-06-2012 last modified 24-04-2013 09:51 — filed under: , ,
CCC is gravely worried about the violent repression of garment workers and their labour leaders in Ashulia in Bangladesh.
Located in News / / 06 / 21
Wage increases in Cambodia!
by geertjan published 15-03-2011 last modified 25-04-2013 13:25 — filed under: ,
After months of intense struggle, unions and employers reached an agreement to increase wages in Cambodia. The agreement follows months of unprecedented labour activism. In Cambodia, a rapidly growing garment industry has become the most important industrial sector and income-earner.
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Wages: a living wage and severance pay
by geertjan published 14-11-2012 last modified 01-10-2013 15:12 — filed under: , ,
If they think these wages are enough, they should try to live on them for a month and then decide whether they’re OK. • Pakistani factory worker, 18
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