WRC Factory Investigation


Factory: Winners, SA

Key Buyers: Gap, Walmart

Last Updated: 2022

Case Summary

The WRC documented serious violations of workers’ right to freedom of association that occurred at the Winners factory, owned by the Korean multinational company SAE-A. In 2020, union leaders were attacked by mob violence, threatened with death, and forced to resign from their positions. The WRC engaged with SAE-A and with buyers and ultimately the violations were remedied. The factory fired and demoted managers who played a role in supporting these violent acts and terminated the workers who were organized in a company-sponsored union that perpetrated the violence. Winners and SAE-A also made offers of reinstatement as well as payment of back wages and damages to the union leaders who were targeted.

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