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Alianzas Nefastas

Published: January 22, 2015

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F&D, S.A. de C.V.

Published: March 24, 2014

In 2009-2010, the WRC was contacted by F&D workers who had recently formed a union affiliated to the SITS, a multi-factory union. The WRC documented serious violations of workers’ freedom of association at the facility. These included coercion, threats, harassment, and bribery of workers to induce them to resign from the SITS union, the formation of a company-sponsored union, and other acts of discrimination against the SITS union and those employees who were its members.

Confecciones Gama

Published: November 25, 2013

The WRC received a complaint with regards to the failure of the Confecciones Gama plant, located in El Salvador, to pay workers the full amount of their legally-required terminal benefits, which were owed to them at the time that the factory shut down its sewing operation in June 2011.

Industrias Sinteticas (INSINCA)

Published: September 28, 2013

The WRC’s assessment at INSINCA found violations in the areas of wages and hours, statutory paid leave, freedom of association and occupational health and safety.


Published: August 17, 2011

The WRC was initially contacted by the Salvadoran Sitrasacosi union (Sindicato de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores Sastres, Costureras y Similares) in early September 2010 regarding the illegal dismissals of four workers who were members of the leadership committee of a newly-established union at Nemtex. After engagement with the factory and brands, representatives of HBI, GFSI, and Under…

Lido Industrias

Published: December 1, 2008

The WRC found, in response to a worker complaint, that the owners of Lido Industrias abandoned their Salvadoran operation in late September 2007, dismissing approximately 1,900 workers without paying legally mandated terminal compensation, including severance, accumulated benefits, and wages for labor performed. The WRC estimated that the workers were owed roughly $1,000,000 in compensation.

Hermosa and Chi Fung

Published: January 4, 2007

Hermosa Manufacturing closed abruptly in May 2005 without paying workers substantial amounts of legally mandated compensation. In addition, workers who engaged in efforts to protest Hermosa’s practices and secure their compensation were blacklisted by other apparel factories in the region; the WRC documented such blacklisting by a factory known as Chi Fung, another supplier of university logo goods in Apopa, El Salvador.


Published: December 19, 2006

In response to a complaint from workers in late August 2006, the WRC undertook an inquiry into alleged worker rights violations at a factory known as Quality, located in Soyapango, El Salvador. The factory was closed in August of this year and production was relocated to a different region of El Salvador.


Published: December 19, 2006

Pursuant to a complaint from worker representatives, the WRC investigated and engaged in efforts to remediate code of conduct violations at an apparel facility in El Salvador known as Evergreen. The initial complaint alleged that Evergreen had unlawfully terminated a group of roughly 300 workers in March 2005 in retaliation for efforts by workers to exercise their associational rights and had failed to pay these workers legally mandated back wages, benefits and severance.

Primo S.A. de C.V.

Published: April 5, 2004

The present Report focuses exclusively on the most urgent issue at Primo: the allegation that Primo has systematically discriminated in its hiring process against workers perceived to be trade unionists (a practice known as “blacklisting”). It is important to note that this allegation concerns not just Primo, but factories throughout the San Bartolo free trade zone.