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Overcoming a History of Violence: Intervention with Collegiate Supplier in Guatemala Secures Rapid Remediation

Country: Guatemala
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Violence Against Workers, Wrongful Termination

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur, Ben Hensler, and Scott Nova Date: February 4, 2022 Re: Overcoming a History of Violence: Intervention with Collegiate Supplier in Guatemala Secures Rapid Remediation Last month, after engagement by the WRC with the factory’s owners, a collegiate apparel supplier in Guatemala, Centexsa, SA, offered reinstatement with…

Winners

Country: Guatemala
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Violence Against Workers, Wrongful Termination

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…

Banning Hope: Bangladesh Garment Workers, Seeking a Dollar an Hour Face Mass Firings, Violence, and False Arrests

Country: Bangladesh
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.

Unholy Alliances: How Employers in El Salvador’s Garment Industry Collude with a Corrupt Labor Federation, Company Unions and Violent Gangs to Suppress Workers’ Rights

Country: El Salvador
Issues: Violence Against Workers

This report details how garment factories in El Salvador collude with various corrupt
and unlawful entities – from labor federations that take pay-offs from employers, to
company unions, and, in some cases, even violent street gangs – to undermine workers’
right to freedom of association in the country’s apparel industry.

Alianzas Nefastas

Country: El Salvador
Issues: Violence Against Workers

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Crackdown in Cambodia: Workers Seeking Higher Wages Meet Violent Repression

Country: Cambodia
Issues: Violence Against Workers

On January 2 and 3, 2014, Cambodian security forces engaged in deadly attacks on protesting garment workers in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh. The country’s military police killed at least four people and injured at least 38 by firing assault rifles at workers who were protesting outside garment factories, demanding higher wages. The deadly assault was a response to strikes and demonstrations by tens of thousands of garment factory workers calling for a wage adequate to meet their basic needs.