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L&Y Embroidery

Published: May 28, 2020

The WRC’s investigation found that L&Y, a subcontractor to college logo cap factory, Han Apparel (Han), violated Bangladeshi labor law and university codes of conduct by terminating at least seven employees without providing them legally required notice and severance benefits. After engagement by the WRC with Han’s buyer for collegiate products, university licensee Zephyr Headwear…

Two crises, one flawed supply chain model: How the imbalance of power in global supply chains harms workers

Published: April 23, 2020

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory collapse claimed the lives of 1,137 garment workers in Bangladesh and injured thousands more. The tragedy, which was the deadliest disaster in a manufacturing facility in human history, put a spotlight on the grossly unsafe labor conditions plaguing Bangladesh’s garment sector and catalyzed fundamental reform. The international…

Abandoned? The Impact of Covid-19 on Workers and Businesses at the Bottom of Global Garment Supply Chains

Published: March 27, 2020

This report, authored by Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Global Workers’ Rights, in collaboration with the WRC describes the results of a survey of more than 300 garment suppliers in Bangladesh and has just reported the results. The survey found that 80 percent of apparel suppliers have been forced to slash employment as a result of buyers canceling orders—with nearly 60 percent reporting they have shut down most or all of their operations. Meanwhile, four out of five fired workers have not received the severance pay mandated by law. The survey found that almost none of the buyers had offered suppliers any financial support to help pay workers.

Posmi Sweaters Ltd.

Published: January 30, 2020

The WRC initiated an investigation in response to a complaint from the Akota Garment Workers Federation (AGWF), brought on behalf of seven Posmi employees, alleging their retaliatory and illegal termination. While investigating the termination of the seven workers, the WRC found a number of violations of university codes and Bangladeshi law, including severe wage and…

Panorama Apparels

Published: November 25, 2019

In February 2016, Panorama Apparels (“Panorama”) illegally dismissed workers who were officers of a proposed union and engaged in a sophisticated campaign to ensure that the worker leaders would not return to the factory, further violating the workers’ associational rights. At the time that the WRC launched its investigation, Panorama, which employs 1,500 workers, was…

Banning Hope: Bangladesh Garment Workers, Seeking a Dollar an Hour Face Mass Firings, Violence, and False Arrests

Published: May 17, 2019

The government and apparel factory owners in Bangladesh have carried out a brutal crackdown on garment workers in retaliation for largely peaceful protests against the country’s extremely low minimum wage. Since December of 2018, at least 65 workers have been arrested and subjected to baseless criminal charges, brought at the behest of factories that supply brands like H&M, Mango, and Next.

Amidst Wave of Deadly Fires, Bangladesh Government Threatens to Expel the Only Credible Building Safety Programme in the Country and Further Suppress Workers’ Rights

Published: April 23, 2019

On the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, labour rights groups are calling on the government of Bangladesh to cease attempts to expel the Accord on Fire and Building Safety from Bangladesh and to urgently increase safety efforts for the buildings currently under the government’s oversight, which include tens of thousands of factories…

Bangladesh Government’s Safety Inspection Agencies Not Ready to Take Over Accord’s Work

Published: April 17, 2019

The government of Bangladesh is using proceedings before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to prevent the Accord on Fire and Building Safety from operating, thereby putting workers’ safety at risk. A ruling on 7 April 2019 in Bangladesh’s Appellate Court could require the Accord to close its Dhaka office and operations without taking into account whether national agencies would be ready to take up the work. The government’s justification for trying to end the Accord’s work depends entirely on its claim that the government is ready to assume responsibility for the 1,688 factories under the Accord’s purview, but our research shows a shocking level of unreadiness.

Nur Group

Published: April 12, 2019

Shabana, a senior sewing operator of Nur Group, worked at the factory for three years before being dismissed by factory management on January 13, 2019. Shabana recounted to the WRC how workers at Nur Group staged a demonstration on January 6, after receiving their monthly salaries. According to Shabana, workers had identified errors in the…

Abanti Colour Tex Limited

Published: April 12, 2019

The Abanti factory management responded to mass worker demonstrations by terminating at least 1,200 workers, according to the Bangladesh Center for Solidarity Studies and Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF). As will be shown below, these terminations were not based on evidence of specific behavior by specific workers and were not conducted in accordance…