Belgium's Dress Confect Slammed over Labour Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka

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Article
13 June 2005

[DOC] [OECD letter of complaint from The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF) in relation to GP Garments in Sri Lanka]

Author: The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF)

The case concerns the behaviour of GP Garments in the Biyagama Free Trade Zone in Sri Lanka, a company whose actions are in breach of the Sections III (Disclosure) and Sections IV (Employment and Industrial Relations) of the OECD Guidelines.

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Article
8 June 2005

[DOC] Response by Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) to May 2005 letter from Stefan Van Ende, Director of G.P. Garments, in relation to labour issues in Sri Lanka

Author: Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF)

...I have repeatedly asked to meet with Mr. Derere and the Board of GP Garments with a view to discussing these problems and reaching a solution that will be both beneficial to the company and to the workers...while the resolution of problems locally is obviously preferable, there are many instances when that does not happen. In such cases, the role of the ITGLWF as a Global Union Federation is to intervene with multinational companies and retailers internationally to seek a solution.

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Company response
24 May 2005

Response by G.P. Garments: Global textiles union (ITGLWF) raises concerns over labour rights issues at GP Garments factory in export processing zone.

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Article
24 May 2005

[DOC] G.P. Garments (supplier to Belgian firm Dress Confect) letter of response to Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF) [Sri Lanka]

Author: Stefan Van Ende, Director, G.P. Garments

[G.P. Garments company response to ITGLWF article comprehensively outlines the company's position in relation to labour rights issues raised. Stefan Van Ende, Director of G.P. Garments says]...I do not think that any other garment factory in the Zone can match what we have provided for our workers. We are proud of this achievement.

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Article
16 May 2005

[DOC] International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF) – excerpted letter regarding labour issues at Sri Lankan factory of G.P. Garments, a supplier of Belgian firm Dress Confect

Author: International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF)

[This ITGLWF statement follows on from the recent ITGLWF article "Belgium's Dress Confect Slammed over Labour Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka"]...the problems at GP Garments remain unresolved...The situation has now deteriorated to the point where the entire workforce has been terminated...in view of the seriousness of the situation and the failure to resolve the problems at local level, we have had no alternative but to bring the matter to the French Army, one of the clients of GP Garments. We are now preparing a submission to the OECD under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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Article
10 May 2005

Belgium's Dress Confect Slammed over Labour Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka

Author: International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation

Belgian clothing company Dress Confect has been told to put an end to labour rights abuses at its Sri Lankan subsidiary, GP Garments. The company’s actions include boasting of the existence of a 100,000$ war chest to fight the union, bringing in the special forces branch of the police to intimidate workers, repeatedly breaking its promises, and finally firing the entire workforce in retaliation for their protest action.

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