Bangladesh: Confectionery giant Perfetti Van Melle investigates after workers in supplier factory were attacked after forming a union

Author: Naimul Karim, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Published on: 15 April 2019

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The Dutch sweets giant behind the Mentos and Alpenliebe brands has pledged to investigate after its workers in Bangladesh said they were attacked, just weeks after setting up a union...

The new trade union’s general secretary Kamrul Hasan said about 20 unknown attackers wielding sticks entered a factory run by Perfetti Van Melle earlier this week and beat up workers...

The union’s president Kamrul Hasan Palash said the company’s local managers had opposed the formation of a union for the factory’s 250 permanent workers...

A spokeswoman for the company, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands, expressed regret over the incident and said it had taken steps to protect workers. “Securing the safety of our employees at work is our responsibility,”...“We are investigating the incident and we have taken measures to protect the safety of all employees in our factory.”...

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