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Bangladesh: National Labor Committee [USA] asks Metro Group not to "cut and run" from supplier

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18 May 2009

NLC`s Letter to Metro Group asking them not to Cut and Run

Author: National Labor Committee [USA]

…Dear Dr. [Eckhard ] Cordes [Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Metro Group]…There is something terribly wrong about pulling Metro Group’s work from the R.L. Denim [part of Jeans Express Limited] plant at the exact moment that the factory is being cleaned up and workers rights respected…Given Metro Group’s long history with R.L. Denim, how can you possibly justify pulling your work from the factory now that significant worker rights improvements are underway..? Please do the right thing and restore all of Metro Group’s orders to the R.L. Denim factory… [Metro Group has indicated it will respond following completion of its investigation.]

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13 May 2009

Overwork` kills Bangla jeans factory girl: NGO [Bangladesh]

Author: AFP [France]

A Bangladeshi teenager who died in a garment factory that supplies cheap jeans for export to Europe was "overworked to death," a rights group said…A statement issued by Metro Group said the company was "deeply saddened" by the death and had immediately terminated its contract with the Bangladeshi supplier that used the factory…

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11 May 2009

[DOC] Metro Group statement in response to National Labor Committee report re: supplier RL Denim [Bangladesh]

Author: Metro Group

METRO Group is very concerned about recent reports concerning the death of an 18-year-old worker at a supplier company in Bangladesh…The ...company...has not been complying with our high, binding social standards...METRO Group has taken four immediate steps: 1.The business relationship with the supplier will be immediately terminated; 2. All of the supplier’s products will be removed from all markets of METRO Group sales divisions; 3. An investigative commission will immediately begin…4. Internally, we will review how we can seamlessly link the inspection and information chain to the audit process…

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1 May 2009

Metro Group linked to horrific sweatshop conditions in Bangladesh

Author: National Labor Committee [USA]

The world’s third largest retailer, Metro Group—with outlets across Europe—is linked to horrific sweatshop abuses in Bangladesh. At the R.L. Denim factory [part of Jeans Express Limited], 650 mostly young women workers are routinely beaten, denied maternity leave and forced to work grueling hours while being shortchanged of their wages. Every single labor law in Bangladesh is violated at the factory…[Metro Group has indicated it will respond following completion of its investigation.]

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