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Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the STUM Union, is released from prison, but the threat to trade unionists and workers in Myanmar remains high

Country: Myanmar
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

After six months of detainment in Myanmar’s notorious, Covid-ridden Insein prison,[1] Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the Solidarity Trade Union of Myanmar, was released and reunited with her family along with 5,000 other political prisoners on October 21, 2021. Among those released alongside Myo Myo were three workers from Xing Jia Footwear, whose only…

Honeys Garment Industry Ltd.

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

From August through November 2019, the Worker Rights Consortium (“WRC”) conducted an assessment of working conditions and labor practices at the Honeys Garment and Honeys Garment Industry Ltd. apparel factories in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Both factories are owned by Honeys Holdings Co. Ltd. (“Honeys Holdings”), a Japanese online retailer, and are located in Mingaladon Township,…

Premium Apparel

Country: Haiti
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Wage Theft

The WRC investigated and worked to remedy Premium Apparel’s unlawful, mass retaliatory firing of nearly 50 workers, nearly all of whom were union leaders and activists at factory. The dismissals occurred in July 2020 following a nonviolent protest in support of workers who were sent home without pay, after being called in to work on the promise of a day’s wage.

Weakening Legal Protections for Garment Workers in Asia

Country: Cambodia, India, Indonesia
Issues: COVID-19, Freedom of Association Violations, Living Wage, Wage and hour violations, Workplace Health and Safety

May 27, 2021 Dear colleagues, Over the past year, the WRC has tracked a disturbing trend: as their populations faced the ravages of Covid, the governments of several garment-producing countries in Asia acted to strip away and undermine worker protections, a move often framed as a way to attract new investment. In Indonesia and India,…

Elim SA

Country: Guatemala
Issues: COVID-19, 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.