WRC Factory Investigation

Abanti Colour Tex Limited

Factory: Abanti Colour Tex Limited

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Last Updated: 2019

Case Summary

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 with national law. Even more concerning, according to multiple workers, workers were physically assaulted by thugs presumably hired by management, on factory premises, during the termination process. The WRC interviewed 15 dismissed Abanti workers and reviewed documents including their “show cause” letters (a letter setting out the alleged basis for termination).

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