Myanmar: Workers from two garment factories report dismissals & beatings; incl. co. response
On 21 Feb 2021, 135 workers from Sung Bo garment factory, reportedly a Lidl supplier, were allegedly fired after they joined a pro-democracy protest. The factory agreed to reinstate only 65 of the workers, none of whom were union members. The remaining workers eventually accepted compensation in lieu of reinstatement.
In addition, it was reported that a worker employed as a Chinese translator at Able Better Garment, also alleged to be a Lidl supplier, was reportedly beaten by factory managers after negotiations had taken place over the payment of wage arrears. The workers leading the negotiations filed a complaint with the local police station, but the case has been not satisfactorily resolved. This was also not the first time these same managers had beaten workers at the factory. According to a local union, managers have previously beaten workers at the factory, and it has called on Lidl to intervene.
In June 2022 Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Lidl to respond to the allegations associated with Sung Bo, and invited Cordura to respond to the allegations associated with Able Better Garment. Lidl responded. Cordura did not. You can find Lidl's full response below.