China: Audit report shows 2 dozen labour violations at factory producing for Ivanka Trump's fashion brand, including excessive overtime & wages below legal minimum
"…[A]ccording to a factory audit…G-III Apparel Group, which has held the exclusive license to make the Ivanka Trump brand’s…clothes…since 2012…Inspectors with the Fair Labor Association…found two dozen violations of international labor standards…Trump’s company declined to comment on the factory inspection. Messages left with G-III were not returned..."
All components of this story
China: Labour activist says he was arrested due to investigation at factory producing for Ivanka Trump’s brand
Author: Benjamin Haas, Guardian (UK)
"Chinese labour activist says he was arrested due to factory's Trump links", 10 Jul 2017
Hua Haifeng spent weeks in detention after undercover investigation revealed abuse of workers at Ganzhou factory that makes shoes for Ivanka Trump’s brand…Hua Haifeng told the Guardian how he was interrogated in marathon sessions every other day for a month, during which police repeatedly asked him for details of his investigation…Hua and two other investigators, Li Zhao and Su Heng, found evidence of labour abuses at the factory manufacturing Ivanka Trump shoes, including below minimum wage pay, verbal abuse of workers and the use of derogatory language towards female employees. Li and Su were also released on bail on 28 June…
Calls to Huajian Group, the owner of the factory, have gone unanswered, but it has previously told Associated Press that all allegations of labour violations were “completely not true to the facts, taken out of context [and] exaggerated”... In June, Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brand, told the Guardian in a statement: “Ivanka Trump HQ is committed to only working with licensees who maintain internationally recognised labor standards across their supply chains.” …Ivanka Trump herself, who has not commented on Hua’s case...Ganzhou public security bureau hung up when contacted by the Guardian.
Hua was released on bail on 28 June, but still faces charges of illegally using surveillance equipment…Hua has undertaken undercover investigations at dozens of other factories in recent years; this was his first arrest. The former factory worker has been advocating for better labour conditions since 2003 …
- Related stories: China: About 50 labour activists detained by authorities, 7 criminally detained among which 5 were charged & sentenced China: Audit report shows 2 dozen labour violations at factory producing for Ivanka Trump's fashion brand, including excessive overtime & wages below legal minimum
- Related in-depth areas: Latest news on human rights defenders
- Related companies: Ivanka Trump
Author: Drew Harwell, Washington Post (USA)
…[A]ccording to a factory audit…G-III Apparel Group, which has held the exclusive license to make the Ivanka Trump brand’s…clothes…since 2012…Inspectors with the Fair Labor Association…found two dozen violations of international labor standards…Trump’s company declined to comment on the factory inspection. Messages left with G-III were not returned.
...Workers at the G-III factory in China were required to work 57 hours a week “on a regular basis” to hit production targets, inspectors found. Though Chinese law sets the limit for overtime at 36 hours per month, workers in all of the factory’s departments exceeded that limit, working up to 82 hours of overtime a month between September 2015 and August 2016.
The factory’s workers made between 1,879 and 2,088 yuan a month, or roughly $255 to $283… below minimum wage in some parts of China…Fewer than a third of the factory’s workers were offered legally mandated coverage under China’s “social insurance” benefits…Inspectors also cited the factory…did not train loading workers on safety techniques or provide employees with equipment that could reduce injury…
…Fair Labor Association…asked what steps [G-III factory] would take in response. The factory pledged to make some progress to improve training, assess hazards, hire more workers and reduce overtime demands. But it did not commit to increasing worker pay and at times pushed back against recommendations that could improve workplace safety….[mentions Apple, Calvin Klein, Nike & Tommy Hilfiger]
Author: 刘博瑶, 新浪
- Related stories: 中国: 审核报告显示伊万卡·特朗普时装品牌外包工厂超过20项劳工标准违规, 包括超时加班及低于最低工资薪酬
- Related companies: Ivanka Trump
Author: 劉博瑤, 新浪