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Vakbondsonderdrukking bij producent Ralph Lauren en Tommy Hilfiger duurt voort
donderdag, 15 april 2010 10:29

TommySmallDe Schone Kleren Campagne en haar wereldwijde netwerk vragen Polo Ralph Lauren en Tommy Hilfiger al meer dan twee jaar om de vakbondsonderdrukking in de Indonesische PT Mulia Knitting Factory aan te pakken. Helaas hebben de onterecht ontslagen vakbondsleden hun baan nog steeds niet terug en zijn de arbeiders nog steeds bang om zich aan te sluiten bij de vakbond van hun keuze.

Stuur een e-mail aan Polo Ralph Lauren en Tommy Hilfiger en eis een einde aan de vakbondsonderdrukking in de fabriek waar hun kleding wordt gemaakt.

Op 11 februari spraken vakbondsleidster Emilia Yanti uit Indonesië en de Schone Kleren Campagne met de directie van Tommy Hilfiger over de jarenlange vakbondsonderdrukking bij hun Indonesische producent. Tommy Hilfiger beloofde in dit gesprek om de schendingen aan te pakken en zijn plan van aanpak te coördineren met de vakbond en de Schone Kleren Campagne. Helaas komt Tommy Hilfiger zijn belofte niet na.

Polo Ralph Lauren steekt al jaren zijn kop in het zand. Het kledingmerk toont een schokkend gebrek aan verantwoordelijkheid en doet geen enkele moeite om te reageren op brieven en e-mails van arbeidsrechtenorganisaties en consumenten wereldwijd. De Franse Schone Kleren Campagne vraagt vandaag - 15 april 2009 - aandacht voor deze zaak rondom de opening van de nieuwe Ralph Lauren flagship store op de chique boulevard Saint-Germain in Parijs.

Ontslagen wegens het vormen van een vakbond

In mei 2007 hebben arbeiders in de Indonesische PT Mulia Knitting Factory waar kleding voor Tommy Hilfiger en Polo Ralph Lauren wordt gemaakt een vakbond opgericht. Direct na de oprichting werden de arbeiders gedwongen om het lidmaatschap te beëindigen; 19 vakbondsleden zijn uiteindelijk ontslagen.

Verschillende organisaties, waaronder de Nationale Commissie voor Mensenrechten in Indonesië, hebben de schending van dit internationaal erkende, fundamentele recht veroordeeld. Het Amerikaanse Worker Rights Consortium heeft een rapport gepubliceerd over deze zaak. We hebben samen met onze wereldwijde partnerorganisaties - waaronder Oxfam Australia - verschillende aanbevelingen gedaan om de problemen in de fabriek structureel aan te pakken.


Kom vandaag in actie!

Stuur de onderstaande brieven aan Polo Ralph Lauren en Tommy Hilfiger:

Brief aan Polo Ralph Lauren


To:
David Uricoli, Senior Director of Global Compliance,

Dear Sir,

I have learned that workers at one of your suppliers, PT Mulia Knitting Factory (MKF) in Indonesia, have been denied their right to freedom of association. Founders and members of the SBGTS-GSBI workers' union, established at the factory in May 2007, have been forced to resign from the union or be removed from the factory.

Unsafe and bad working conditions in the factory make the issue of workers' representation all the more urgent.

The Clean Clothes Campaign informed me that until now, your company has refused any communications on this matter with the CCC, despite their regular efforts to contact you.

As you know, with today's globalised production patterns, manufacturers and retailers who order their goods from suppliers worldwide are increasingly aware of their overall supply-chain responsibilities.

In this framework, I urge you to make sure that Polo Ralph Lauren does everything in its power to address the problems at your Indonesian supplier.

Specifically I urge you to use your influence and assure that MKF:

1 - offers immediate reinstatement to all workers who were wrongfully dismissed or transferred because of their refusal to disassociate themselves from SBGTS-GSBI and continue to fight for their rights. The reinstatement should include compensation for salary arrears since the date of their dismissal or transfer. The workers should be reemployed at their previous positions in the factory with no loss of seniority and no reduction in salary;

2 - respects the right of their workers to Freedom of Association, and issues a statement to the work force, verbally and in writing, stating that the factory will respect the rights of workers join any organisation of their choosing, be it an NGO or a labour union, and that no worker will be fired, demoted, transferred or the subject of retaliation of any other kind for the decision that he or she makes. In that statement, the MKF management must clarify that the legally registered SBGTS-GSBI union is considered a legitimate entity.

Rather than denying the CCC any chance at communication, I further urge you to see the Campaign as a possible partner, that has specific expertise in matters relating to worker rights and working conditions in the global textiles supply chains. Fashion companies that show genuine willingness to respect the rights of the people who produce their clothes can count on the support and collaboration of the CCC in designing and implementing pragmatic solutions.

Hoping for your cooperation in bringing these matters to a swift resolution,

yours sincerely,


Brief aan Tommy Hilfiger


To:
- Fred Gehring, CEO Tommy Hilfiger Group BV,
- Ludo Onnink, COO Tommy Hilfiger Group BV,

Dear Sirs,

I understand from information provided by the Clean Clothes Campaign that Tommy Hilfiger has dragged its feet rather than decisively acting on reports of serious labour-rights violations at one of your suppliers, PT Mulia Knitting Factory (MKF) in Indonesia.

Despite months of communications with the CCC and a meeting with the Indonesian trade union involved, and despite Tommy Hilfiger's stated commitment to solving the problems at their supplier, your apparent efforts have not lead to any concrete results in the factory.

I have learned that workers at the factory have been denied their right to Freedom of Association. Founders and members of the SBGTS-GSBI workers' union, established at the factory in May 2007, have been forced to resign from the union or be removed from the factory.

Unsafe and bad working conditions in the factory make the issue of workers' representation all the more urgent.

As you know, with today's globalised production patterns, manufacturers and retailers who order their goods from suppliers worldwide are increasingly aware of their overall supply-chain responsibilities.

In this framework, I urge you to make sure that Tommy Hilfiger does everything in its power to address the problems at your Indonesian supplier.

Specifically I urge you to use your influence and assure that MKF:

1 - offers immediate reinstatement to all workers who were wrongfully dismissed or transferred because of their refusal to disassociate themselves from SBGTS-GSBI and continue to fight for their rights. The reinstatement should include compensation for salary arrears since the date of their dismissal or transfer. The workers should be reemployed at their previous positions in the factory with no loss of seniority and no reduction in salary;

2 - respects the right of their workers to Freedom of Association, and issues a statement to the work force, verbally and in writing, stating that the factory will respect the rights of workers join any organisation of their choosing, be it an NGO or a labour union, and that no worker will be fired, demoted, transferred or the subject of retaliation of any other kind for the decision that he or she makes. In that statement, the MKF management must clarify that the legally registered SBGTS-GSBI union is considered a legitimate entity.

Hoping for your cooperation in bringing these matters to a swift resolution,

yours sincerely,

 
 

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