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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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Against LVMH Group on appointing Sebastian Suhl as COO of Givenchy while the candidate is in the case of sexual harassment and discrimination case in Prada Japan and Prada Luxemburg

To:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton S.A.

Mr. Bernard Arnault

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France

Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 44 13 22 22

 

Against LVMH Group on appointing Sebastian Suhl as COO of Givenchy

while the candidate is in the case of sexual harassment and discrimination case

in Prada Japan and Prada Luxemburg

 

Asian Transnational Corporation Monitoring Network (ATNC) is a regional network consisting of civil society groups and labour unions in various Asian countries. Recently it has been reported that your company has appointed Sebastian Suhl as the new Chief Operating Officer of Givenchy, who appears as the key player of sexual harassment and discrimination case in Prada Japan when he was the Chief Operating Officer at Prada SpA.  Sebastian Suhl is also involving in the decision making of countersuing the victim for “hurting the brand logo by voicing harassment and discrimination in public” in Prada Luxemburg where the logo is registered.

The case is still proceeding at Tokyo District Court and the case clearly states Sebastian Suhl was the one who ordered the firing of the former Senior Retail Manager after she reported for help to Sebastian Suhl on the sexual harassment and discrimination issues at work and illegal accounting based on forced purchase by store staff at Prada Japan.

As labour rights concern groups advocating labour justice and gender equality, we are shocked and very concerned about your company’s decision to hire a candidate involved in the discrimination and harassment case while you are stating the below as part of your recruiting policy under “Talent Recruitment”.

“The LVMH group considers diversity to be a great asset and commits to deflecting any discrimination linked to age, sex, background, opinion or any other personal characteristics during its recruitment process.”[1]

As reported in the media, the plaintiff of the case Rina Bovrisse and other former Prada employees filed a labour lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court in 2009. Sebastian Suhl appears as the Global COO who ordered Prada Japan on illegal actions taken to the victims. Hitherto, the case is still unresolved and is in legal proceedings.

As a world renowned multinational luxury business group, LVMH should show commitments in corporate social responsibility and ensuring its employees of a discrimination-free working environment and fully respected labour rights protection.

However, to public outrage and disappointment, as a luxury business group which targets women as the major consumers for its Fashion and Leather Goods division, LVMH Group appointed a candidate being alleged of sexual harassment and discrimination practices towards female employees in Japan, especially in the middle of the lawsuit.

It is not the first time that LVMH Group was involved in hiring a candidate with controversial record of discrimination.  John Galliano, the former chief designer of Dior under LVMH Group was arrested and found guilty by the French court of anti-Semitic behavior in two complaints in 2011.  The former Dior designer was charged in connection with incidents in October, where he was accused of verbally abusing an English language teacher at CafeLa Perlein Paris.

 

LVMH Group has the responsibility to ensure the fundamental recruiting policy that is internationally recognized labour rights as prescribed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), including the rights to freedom of association and organizing. To consumers, it is very regrettable to see unethical labour practices behind the luxury business.

While the aforementioned labour disputes at Prada Japan have not yet been settled, your company is reported of recruiting Sebastin Suhl who is being the sexual harassment and discrimination case defendant.

Indeed, last year we expressed our deep concern to Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited for Prada’s attempt to file an IPO at the stage when the legal disputes have not yet solved. As a multinational enterprise committed to corporate social responsibility, LVMH Group should proactively adopt measures to eliminate any forms of discrimination and fully observe the laws and regulations regarding labour rights, social justice and equal opportunities in all jurisdictions where you invest and operate, in order to fulfill the expectation of the society, investors and consumers as well.

We, therefore, demand LVMH Group:

  1. To give a satisfactory response to the public and to Ms. Rina Bovrisse over appointing a new COO suspected of sexual discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal at Prada Japan;
  2. To explain whether your company has requirements on your suppliers in observance with the rights of freedom of association and union organizing; and explain the implementation measures and the monitoring polices concerned;
  3. To explain whether your company has adopted any policies or measures against sexual discrimination and harassment

We sincerely look forward to your written reply. Should there be any enquiries, please contact the coordinator of the ATNC Monitoring Network at email: coordinator@atnc.org

Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely,

Asian Transnational Corporations Monitoring Network

Cc:

Ms. Chantal Gaemperle,

Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies

 

Support for the striking workers in Indonesia

https://www.change.org/petitions/owner-of-pt-nbc-indonesia-respect-indonesian-workers-rights

The petition letter will go to the following target:

Mr. Akhio Isuzuka
Owner of PT. NBC Indonesia
Head-Office Japan 2-50-3 Toyoda Hino – Tokyo 191-0053 Japan

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Support the Striking workers of NBC in Indonesia

19 March 2012. Workers of NBC Indonesia, members of worker Union of PT NBC Indonesia held on strike. They are worker union that affiliated to the Federation of People Workers Union, West Java and nationally affiliated to the National Union Confederation (KSN).

The strike held in the location of factory due to the rejection from the management to conduct negotiation with the union related to the demand on wages for the workers. The workers demand the company to pay their wage together with the years-of-service appreciation (gratuity) for those who have been working in the factory since 15 years ago. The Union demand the company to pay Rp. 17. 500 (US$ 1.90) for every year of service of the workers. Today, the strike has been started and the management has refused to continue the negotiation. Beside demand on wages, workers also witness some accumullation on problems, e.g.: uncertain employment status (contract-based with no limit of time), no menstruation leave, transportation allowance, etc.

It was also triggered by the fact that the President Director, Mr. Khosi Watanabe has been acting arrogantly toward the workers by showing disrespectful treatment. As an expatriate, Watanabe has shown negative attitude / misbehaviour toward culture, tadition, and labour law in Indonesia. Though demand on proper wage is the main demand of the workers, the arrogance shown by Watanabe has also triggered the strike.

NBC Indonesia, is a Japanese Company located in the Industrial Area of KIIC Karawang, Indonesia and produce screen mesh for screen printing of electronic PCB and filter of automotive. Therefore, KSN calls for support and petition to help the strike held by the workers of NBC Indonesia. Detailed information related to the NBC can also be accessed through their web site : http://www.nbc-jp.com

In Solidarity,

Khamid Istakhori

Secretary-General of National Union Confederation (KSN), Indoneisa

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