Monthly Archives: November 2012

Statement to the Fire at the Factory of Tazreen Fashions Killing over Hundreds in Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

28 November 2012

For Immediate Release

 

Statement to the Fire at the Factory of Tazreen Fashions Killing over Hundreds in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Besides conveying our deepest condolence and concerns to all victims, Asian Transnational Corporations Monitoring Network (ATNC) is calling for an immediate action from the Bangladeshi government and international clothing brands following the deadly fire at the factory of Tazreen Fashions on late Saturday, 24 November 2012.

At least 112 deaths are confirmed and hundreds of workers injured when they jumped from high windows in order to escape the smoke and flames. These killed and injured workers made clothes for Hong Kong-based Li & Fung on behalf of various international brands, such as C & A, Carrefour, KIK and Walmart.

Li & Fung is one of the largest apparel sourcing companies in the world.  Regrettably, this multinational enterprise has a poor track record of not respecting labour rights for many years.  Despite the company’s vow to comply with their codes of conducts and corporate social responsibility throughout the production and sourcing process, injustices and deadly accidents continue to happen.  Before this deadly factory fire inBangladesh, a Turkish garment factory called Hey Tekstil which produced for Li & Fung was also found of having an outbreak of workers’ protest this year.  Hundreds of workers, who are owed more than 4.7 million euro, protested at Li & Fung office inIstanbulto demand for compensation.  However, the compensation is yet undone.  Adding more wounds to workers, theBangladeshfire once again revealed the negligence and irresponsibility of Li & Fung in upholding labour rights.

Li & Fung and the international buyers such as Walmart and C & A have an undeniable responsibility in compensating the workers.  Let us be clear.  Playing a blame game with other parts of the supply chain is in violation of the UN Business and Human Rights guidelines.  All the companies concerned should uphold their due diligence and their obligation to mediate.

ATNC demands:-

1.    Li & Fung and other international buyers of Tazreen Factory should pay full and fair compensation to the victims and their families.

2.    Li & Fung and other international brand companies should be obliged to comply with national and international health and safety measures, whichever is a higher standard, in a serious manner through their annual audit on the health and safety standards.

3.    The manufacturers as well as the international brand companies should ensure all the supply-chain factories are manufacturing under the satisfactory working conditions where both national and international health and safety standards are strictly not violated. Any improvements should be carried out.

4.    The Bangladeshi Government to set up an independent and transparent body to investigate the causes of this fire and to examine whether there is any ongoing negligence in failing to comply with both national and international health and safety standards to garment factories. The Government should take appropriate legal action to prosecute when necessary. Also, this body should look into the redress for all victims.

Should there be any enquiries, please contact the spokesperson of ATNC, Mr. Jason Chan on +852 2815-9003 or email at coordinator@atnc.asia.

 

ADIDAS: Compensate all victims and workers who suffer occupational diseases

Sign this petition to support Chinese workers getting the compensation from Adidas

 

 

 Second letter

Vestad, Hilde Gunn

Hilde.Vestad@adidas-Group.com,

sustainability@adidas-Group.com,

C.C.to:
Adidas INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

Rita GonÇalvesEmail: rita.goncalves@adidas.com,

Moritz Scherr Email: moritz.scherr@adidas.com

 

Subject:  Support HAV affected workers’ demands and Urge Adidas for improvement.

 

Dear Madam/Sir,

We welcome the news that Adidas is actively following up the issues identified at Dynamic but there are still outstanding issues not yet been resolved at Dynamic. For examples:

  1. Dynamic decided to shutdown next year. It does not reply workers’ queries about its shutdown or downsizing plan but keep terminating workers’ contracts, including those HAVS and potentially HAVS workers.
  2. Dynamic outsourced the polishing and grinding production to a new subcontractor who only hired 23 out of the 35 workers whose contracts were terminated. These workers complained that Dynamic made them admit that they had “no occupational disease” even though some got similar HAVS symptoms in their medical reports.
  3. Dynamic does not send workers receiving the “Notice of Acceptance of Diagnosis of Occupational Diseases” to Guangdong Treatment andPreventionHospitalfor diagnosis.
  4. Today, 27out of 81 HAVS workers are still waiting for compensation.

 

All the malpractices at Dynamic make us believe that Dynamic try to use various strategies to shrink its responsibilities on workers. We urge Adidas to help settle the outstanding cases at Dynamic in a speedy manner.

 

We strongly support the workers’ demands and continue to monitor Adidas/Taylor Made taking immediate actions to resolve the following critical issues:

  1. Stop Dynamic using excuses to dismiss the workers with HAVS and potential HAVS and start dialogue with workers.
  2. Send the 35 workers to be diagnosed, particularly for those who had received “Notice of Acceptance of Diagnosis of Occupational Diseases” from Guangdong Treatment andPreventionHospital for diagnosis.
  3. Make sure those who work for the new subcontractor are working under safe and healthy environment.
  4. No workers will be unfairly treated due to Dynamic’s shutdown.
  5. Make sure Dynamic’s closure follow the China laws and Adidas’ Guidelines on Handling Redundancy Layoffs.

 

Yours sincerely,

[your name]

 

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Moritz Scherr
ADIDAS INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
moritz.scherr@adidas.com

Vestad, Hilde Gunn
Adidas Sourcing Ltd
Hilde.Vestad@adidas-Group.com

Adidas Group – Adidas Sourcing
sustainability@adidas-Group.com

 

Concerning 69 Dynamic Casting (Guangzhou) workers suffering from Hand-Arm Vibration diseases

Dear Adidas Group,

We are writing to express our concern about Taylor Made-Adidas supplier, Dynamic Casting (Guangzhou), responsibility for at least 69 workers suffering from Hand-Arm Vibration Disease.

The report published by Globalization Monitor on 25th September 2012, lists several violations about HAV workers at Dynamic Casting and TaylorMade-Adidas has failed to take appropriate measures to stop the occurrence of occupational hazards at Dynamic Casting even one year after the first patch of HAV workers was identified.

Hand-Arm Vibration disease is caused by long term improper use of vibration units or by using substandard vibration units. According to Adidas Health and Safety Guidelines, Adidas makes audits of its suppliers every year. It is very strange that Adidas cannot identify the hazardous factors that exist at Dynamic Casting.

We are aware of Adidas’s stated willingness to improve working conditions at its supplier factories. However, we are concerned that workers’ demands have not been met yet. Thus we urge:

1. Adidas make sure all affected workers with HAV receive immediately comprehensive medical examination and compensation demanded by workers.
2. Adidas set up an Occupational Hazards Victim Fund immediately to compensate all victims with HAV.
3. Adidas launch a full and immediate investigation on tracking the full number of workers affected by HAV diseases along supply chain in China.

Sincerely,

[your name]

Do Mizuno & Adidas know how their shoemakers are being treated?

Sign this petition to support illegal dismissal of 1,300 workers in Indonesia

 

Dear Mizuno and Adidas

Mizuno
Adidas (Harry Nurmansyah)
Mizuno (Yashushi Takahashi)
PT. Panarub Industry
Presdir PT. Panarub Industry (Hendrik Sasmito)
Direktur PT. Panarub Dwikarya (Nicko Aleksander Vizano)

 

Plenty are bruised. There’s even a woman with broken bones after a police officer picked her up and threw her.

This was the situation of the peaceful protest conducted by 2000 employees of PT Panarub Dwikarya, that produces Mizuno and Adidas shoes, Last July. 90% of their employees are mothers which are breadwinner for their families. 

After they were thrown out using tear-gasses and pushed out by police trucks, involving the police, security and hired thugs, 1300 of us were forcefully “resigned”. Because if they fire us, of course they would have to pay severance.

And the other 700? Accepted back, with 0 year status, dan humiliated inside the factory. Some were spit on, told to run laps, and there is even a wife and husband told to walk around holding a sign “I will never protest again”.

Why? Because we asked for our basic workers rights such as delayed payments of wage, health benefits, leave, and better working conditions. Just to go to the bathroom, or even have a drink is difficult.

Several times we’ve sent letters to the Workforce Department in Tangerang about these violations of rights, but there was never a response.

Mizuno and Adidas have publicly commited to protecting worker’s rights. Though in their agreements, no clear sanctions were mentioned. Its time they turn this commitment into reality by giving sanctions to Panarub Dwikarya in the form of order cuts.

Its time these big brands acknowledge and fight for the fate of their shoemakers. 

 

Sincerely,

[your name]

WE SUPPORT THE STRIKE OF THE WORKERS OF PT. CERES MEIJI INDOTAMA, INDONESIA

Please sign this petition to support MEIJI worker in Indonesia:
Owner and President Director of
PT. Ceres Meiji Indotama
Karawang
Indonesia

Email : wtkc@freyabadi.com

Dear Mr. William,

First of all, we must declare that the network and we are supporting the plan of the worker union of PT Ceres Meiji Indotama to go on strike on 19, 20, and 21 November 2012. This message was sent clearly to the management of the Meiji Group in Japan as well that the plant in Karawang Indonesia is in great danger.

The main danger is not due to the strike, but due to the attitude and behavior of the internal management of the company in Karawang. How so? The top management of the company tend to disregard any bad behavior of the individual in the management, such as: releasing the photo of the chairperson and vice chairperson of the worker union and then threat the workers for their safety. It is bad.

This petition is, sooner or later, will also penetrate the most vital heart of your company’s defence,i.e customers who has become loyal customers of your products for years. We can not imagine, how they will respond to the fact, when they know that the workers who has been sweating in producing the biscuits, are in danger and insecured when they work and associate.

Lastly, we send you this message to urge you to take an immediate and decisive action,otherwise the customers will take action on you!

 

Regards,

[Your name]
Cc to:
shingo.kowata@meiji.com
shun.yoshioka@meiji.com
masato.takahashi@meiji.com
yuka.suzuki@meiji.com
eisuke.kobayashi@meiji.com
kameyama@ceresmeiji.com
takao_kameyama@meiji.co.jp
buruhbergerak@yahoo.com
sp_cmi@yahoo.com

Demand Justice for Hey Tekstil workers

ATNC

Asian Transnational Corporations Monitoring Network

 

Mr. Raymond Or Ching Fai

Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Esprit Holdings Limited

43/f Enterprise Square Three

39 Wang Chiu Road

Kowloon Bay

Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

Mr. Victor Fung Kwok King

Group Non-executive Chairman

Li & Fung Limited

11/F, Li Fung Tower

888 Cheung Sha Wan Road

Hong Kong

 

2nd November 2012

 

Dear Mr. Or and Mr. Fung,

 

Re: Demand Justice for Hey Tekstil workers

 

For over eight months workers from the Hey Tekstil factory in Turkey have been staging a picket line in front of Li & Fung’s Istanbul hub office. For over eight months Esprit and Li & Fung, the primary clients of Hey Tekstil, has failed to respond to the workers demands of overdue wages, severance, and notification payments. The Asian Transnational Corporations Monitoring Network is outraged by the irresponsible behavior of your companies, and hereby demands that Esprit and Li & Fung compensate the workers immediately.

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