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LD El Salvador

Country: El Salvador
Issues: Wage Theft

LD El Salvador, a garment factory located in El Salvador, unexpectedly closed down operations in March 2018 and failed to pay its 824 employees approximately $2.3 million dollars in compensation that they were legally entitled to receive for terminal benefits. The factory was owned by a Korean businessman, Young Ryul Kim, and was a key…

“Organized theft on a massive scale”: the reality of severance theft in Indonesia

Country: Indonesia
Issues: Wage Theft

Abruptly and without warning, the Indonesian garment company Jaba Garmindo shut down operations at its two factories in April of 2015, leaving over 4,000 workers without their legally mandated severance. The sudden departure reflects a consistent trend within garment factories around the globe; in response to intense market pressure to cut production costs, many factories…

Suprema

Country: Dominican Republic
Issues: Wage Theft

The WRC’s investigation found credible evidence of violations of relevant laws in the areas of wage and hour, freedom of association, sale of work tools to employees, and medical leave.

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.

Shahi Exports

Country: India
Issues: Wage Theft

An investigation by the WRC in early 2010 determined that, with the tacit acceptance of top US and European apparel brands and retailers, Indian garment manufacturers failed to pay workers in Bangalore over US$10 million in legally mandated wages. The minimum wage was raised in March 2009, the first increase in seven years, but factory operators throughout the area simply refused to comply. For nearly a year, export apparel factories in Bangalore, which has approximately 780 factories, refused to pay the legal minimum wage to their lowest-paid workers.

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.

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 Panarub

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

Based upon information from Adidas, OCAA, local non-governmental organizations, and our own preliminary research, the WRC identified a number of areas of concern for investigation. These included: Legally Mandated Benefits; Freedom of Association; Occupational Health and Safety; Psychological and Physical Abuse of Employees; Arbitrary Firings and Forced Resignations; Hours of Work and Wages; Use of the Contract Labor System, and the Imposition of Improper Expenses on Workers.

PT Kolon Langgeng

Country: Indonesia
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Overtime Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage Theft, Wrongful Termination

In November 2002, the WRC received a complaint from workers at PT Kolon Langgeng, including allegations that, if valid, would constitute violations of Indonesian law and of college and university codes of conduct primarily in the realm of wages and benefits, forced and uncompensated overtime, and occupational health and safety.

PT Kizone

Country: Indonesia
Issues: Wage Theft

The owner of PT Kizone fled Indonesia in Janaury 2011 without paying workers $3.3 million in legally mandated severance. More than 2,800 workers were affected.