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13 Nov 2020

Pivot Cycles' response re. allegations of union-busting at VIP

... Pivot Cycles was not a customer of VIP Factory 1 prior to their shut down so truly have no influence on the shutdown of VIP Factory 1... I was told that they shut down this factory due to a large reduction in demand for the sporting goods made at this factory and their lease was ending. We do not have any knowledge of workers that were transferred or not transferred...

In factory 2, we were a new customer for 2019... In September, Myanmar shut down the country for 4 weeks... VIP was included in this mandatory shut down. However, they are recognized by the Myanmar government as one of the grade-A CMP factories, and was able to resume full operation on October 16... Based on this certification and our onsite experience with VIP management, and employees at all levels, VIP is a company that takes worker safety seriously... If any atrocities were committed, we condemn these actions and in no way are defending actions of this manner. However, in 2019 we had Pivot employees working directly in VIP Factory 2 for over 150 days (over 5 months) and have not experienced these issues directly.

We have asked VIP about this and they have denied these claims. Pivot as a company would never support any actions which violate human rights. That is not who we stand for as an organization...

[The full response is attached]

Part of the following timelines

Myanmar: Garment factory accused of union busting after mass dismissal of unionised workers & violent attack against union president; Incl. company responses

Increased legal protection needed as attacks against business & defenders mount in 2020; cos. respond