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Issues: Blacklisting, Freedom of Association Violations, Retaliatory Dismissals
Freedom of association is a fundamental and critical right allowing workers to collectively demand better working conditions. Yet factory management around the world often deny workers this right, illegally terminating union leaders, and sometimes employing violence to quell union organizing. Buyers at the top of the supply chain generally fail to detect such violations or…
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations
Pandora Production Co., Ltd., (Thailand) (“Pandora”) is a Danish-owned jewelry factory in Bangkok, Thailand, which currently employs more than 7,000 workers. Until mid-2019, Pandora was a producer of university logo jewelry and, as a result, subject to university codes of conduct. Pandora’s parent company, Pandora A/S, currently holds licenses to produce jewelry from the Walt…
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations
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…
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Gender-based Violence and Discrimination
At Thai Garment Export, a factory supplying multiple licensees, we have recently seen new examples of the positive long-term impact of a successful WRC intervention that took place more than a decade ago. After the WRC documented retaliation against workers seeking to form a union in 2006–2007, the company complied with and even exceeded the…
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Gender-based Violence and Discrimination, Health & Safety Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations
The WRC investigated a complaint filed by workers at Delta Apparel Honduras (DAH), and found that the practices of DAH violated Honduran law and university codes of conduct in the areas of wages and hours of work, legally mandated benefits, health care, harassment and abuse, gender discrimination, freedom of association, and occupational health and safety.
Banning Hope: Bangladesh Garment Workers, Seeking a Dollar an Hour Face Mass Firings, Violence, and False Arrests
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Violence Against Workers, Wrongful Termination
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.
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Wrongful Termination
On January 11, factory managers from AR Jeans Producer Ltd. (AR), in Narayanganj, filed a criminal case alleging that, on January 10, AR employees beat up factory staff, locked them in a room, and destroyed property worth nearly $6,000 USD. The WRC interviewed 15 AR employees regarding the protests at the factory on and around…
Country: United States
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Migrant Worker Abuse, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wrongful Termination
The complaint alleged that New Era failed to comply with WRC and university Codes of Conduct, and with applicable labor and employment laws, in three general areas: health and safety, age and disability discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Country: El Salvador
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Overtime Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage Theft
The WRC uncovered extensive wage theft and related violations of university labor codes at Konffetty S.A. de C.V., a garment producer in El Salvador that is the sole disclosed supplier to university licensee Vive La Fete.