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Delta Apparel Honduras

Country: Honduras
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Gender 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.

Tarrant Ajalpan

Country: Mexico
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Wrongful Termination

The WRC investigation found that Tarrant Ajalpan has illegally fired all of the leaders of a lawfully constituted worker movement, which was established to promote better working conditions at the facility and to organize an independent union. Tarrant Ajalpan has further illegally fired at least 150 other workers in a further attempt to prevent factory employees from exercising their associational rights.

Suntex

Country: Cambodia
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations

The WRC has conducted emergency assessments at Ocean Sky factories, including Bright Sky, Suntex and Rainbow Screen Printing in Cambodia following violent attacks against prominent union figures. The President of Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) was brutally attacked by a group of men with an iron pipe and sticks and has faced additional attacks.

Sunman Group of Companies

Country: Bangladesh
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Wrongful Termination

The WRC has worked with leading global apparel brands, one of Bangladesh’s largest garment manufacturers, and that country’s first independent garment workers’ union to make significant progress in remediating freedom of association violations at the Sunman factory in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Star, S.A.

Country: Honduras
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations

The National Labor Committee originally brought the Star factory in Honduras to the attention of the WRC in late 2007. A subsequent investigation by the WRC confirmed that 55 workers had been unlawfully terminated shortly after they had formed a union.

Sinolink Garment Manufacturing

Country: Kenya
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Overtime Violations, Precarious Work, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage Theft

The WRC launched an emergency assessment of Sinolink in response to a worker complaint in August, 2004. The investigation found serious violations of worker rights in the following areas: freedom of association, including collusion with state police to violently squelch lawful associational activities; health and safety, including workers being locked in the factory overnight without access to first aid supplies; verbal and physical harassment and abuse; inappropriate use of casual employment status; forced and improperly compensated overtime, including forced 24-hour shifts; and access to sick leave and maternity leave.

Rising Sun Kenya EPZ

Country: Kenya
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Precarious Work, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage Theft

The WRC’s investigation of Rising Sun documented a number of serious code of conduct violations including, of greatest concern, the mass firing of 1,270 workers in early June 2006 in response to protests by workers regarding working conditions at the factory.

Rainbow Screen Printing

Country: Cambodia
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations

The WRC has conducted emergency assessments at Ocean Sky factories, including Bright Sky, Suntex and Rainbow Screen Printing in Cambodia following violent attacks against prominent union figures. The President of Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) was brutally attacked by a group of men with an iron pipe and sticks and has faced additional attacks.

Quality/Elderwear

Country: El Salvador
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Wage Theft

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.

PT Sarasa

Country: Indonesia
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Wrongful Termination

The WRC chose to initiate the assessment when it learned that the factory had engaged in a lock-out of employees during the course of annual wage negotiations with the union that represents the plants workers, known as FSBKU. Subsequent to the lock-out and the initiation of the WRC’s assessment, PT Sarasa management announced that the facility would be shut down permanently. The WRC’s investigation found strong evidence supporting the conclusion that the lock-out and subsequent mass termination were motivated by anti-union animus, as a measure to retaliate against workers for the exercise of protected associational rights.