Workwear workers dismissed

In 2005, 518 workers, almost all of them women, took part in a strike at the Sri Lankan GP Garments factory demanding their festival bonus as promised by the factory management. They were subsequently dismissed without the correct procedures being followed. Thirty-seven of them are facing legal procedures, with a high court verdict still pending.

In 2012, the Clean Clothes Campaign together with the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employment Union (FTZ & GSEU) engaged with the owner of GP Garments and its main buyer Dress Confect to reinstate and compensate the workers, and drop the legal cases. The owner continued to fail to recognise that FTZ & GSEU represents the workers and therefore has not entered into good faith negotiations. The case is still ongoing.