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Elim SA

Country: Guatemala
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Wage Theft

In late 2020, the WRC conducted an investigation of labor rights violations at Elim, a garment factory located in Mixco, Guatemala. The investigation found serious violations of freedom of association, including retaliatory dismissals, death threats by factory management, and threats of retaliatory firing and plant closure, all of which were in response to the decision…

New Factory Report: Elim, SA (Guatemala)

Country: Guatemala
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Wage Theft

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur and Ben Hensler Date: April 6, 2021 Re: New Factory Report: Elim, SA (Guatemala) Please find here a new report from the WRC on Elim, SA, a garment factory in Guatemala that closed at the end of last year. Since the factory’s closure was announced in…

Avery Dennison (Honduras)

Country: Honduras
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

In June 2020, Avery Dennison (Honduras), a subsidiary of the US-based Avery Dennison Corporation, conducted an economic layoff in which it dismissed 100 of the factory’s workers, of whom 33 were members of a workers’ union. In response to a complaint filed by the union, the WRC determined that the company’s selection of workers for dismissal did not comply with Honduran labor laws—which require that employees who are union members be protected in the case of a layoff, relative to the general workforce, in order to ensure that such discriminatory targeting does not take place. In December 2020, in response to the WRC’s findings and recommendations, the factory agreed to rehire 33 union members and to make the appropriate payment of back wages.

Case Brief: Avery Dennison (Honduras)

Country: Honduras
Issues: COVID-19, Freedom of Association Violations, Wage Theft

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur and Ben Hensler Date: March 22, 2021 Re: Case Brief: Avery Dennison (Honduras) This brief concerns the successful securing of offers of reemployment and compensation, in December 2020, for 33 workers whom the WRC found had been dismissed in violation of their legal rights, by Avery…

The Cambodian Garment Worker Imprisoned for Speaking Out

Country: Cambodia
Issues: COVID-19, Freedom of Association Violations

Popular International Garment Co., Ltd.

Country: Myanmar
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage and hour violations, Wage Theft

The WRC’s assessment of Popular Garment identified numerous violations of Burmese labor law, international labor conventions, and university codes of conduct. These included violations of the right of freedom of association, wage theft, illegal short-term contracts, harassment and abuse by management, and occupational health and safety violations among others.

New Report: Popular Garment (Myanmar/Burma)

Country: Myanmar
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

Dear Colleagues, We wanted to share with you the WRC’s report on labor rights violations at the factory, Popular Garment, in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Popular Garment had been disclosed by Cutter & Buck, as one of the latter’s suppliers for apparel licensed by universities affiliated with the WRC. The WRC’s assessment of Popular Garment identified…

Varsity Pro Ltd.

Country: El Salvador
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

The WRC’s investigation found that Varsity Pro, a factory located in El Salvador that produces collegiate licensed apparel for Varsity Brands and non-licensed apparel for adidas and Under Armour, violated Salvadoran law and university codes of conduct on freedom of association. In March and April 2020, as part of a larger layoff, the factory fired…

New Case Brief: Varsity Pro (El Salvador)

Country: El Salvador
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

October 27, 2020 Dear Colleagues, I write to share with you a new case brief from the WRC concerning findings of labor rights violations and subsequent remedial action at Varsity Pro, a factory located in El Salvador that produces collegiate licensed apparel for Varsity Brands and non-licensed apparel for adidas and Under Armour. The WRC’s…

Avery Dennison

Country: India
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

The WRC investigated retaliation by Avery Dennison against company employees who sought representation by the Bangalore-based Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU). As detailed in the report, the WRC found that Avery Dennison violated the associational rights of workers at this plant by: Improper payment by a factory human resources manager to the leader of…