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Guatemala: Natl. Labor Committee alleges labour abuses at Alianza Fashion factory

In September 2010, National Labor Committee (NLC) issued a report "Alianza Fashion: A Test Case for the Guatemalan Government & the Office of the United States Trade Representative", alleging labour abuses at the Alianza Fashion factory in Guatemala, including forced overtime, low wages, and denial of freedom of association.

On 28 September, NLC issued a statement saying that Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) “failed miserably” when it certified the factory.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Alianza Fashion, the US buyers and WRAP to respond:

Alianza Fashion response [DOC]

Charming Shoppes response [PDF]
(Note: Charming Shoppes sent us the letter they had sent to the NLC on 30 Sep in response to the report.  The letter is addressed to "The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights" -- the new name for the NLC, which the NLC is in the process of transitioning to.)

Kellwood response [DOC]

Macy's response [DOC]

WRAP response [DOC]

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Company response
27 October 2010

Response by Alianza Fashion: Natl. Labor Committee (US) alleges labour abuses at Alianza Fashion factory - including forced overtime, low wages, denial of freedom of association.

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Company response
27 October 2010

Response by Charming Shoppes: Natl. Labor Committee (US) alleges labour abuses at Alianza Fashion factory - including forced overtime, low wages, denial of freedom of association.

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Company response
27 October 2010

Response by Macy's: Natl. Labor Committee (US) alleges labour abuses at Alianza Fashion factory - including forced overtime, low wages, denial of freedom of association.

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Article
17 October 2010

Alianza Fashion: A Test Case for the Guatemalan Government & the Office of the United States Trade Representative

Author: National Labor Committee [US]

Alianza Fashion in Guatemala, with 1,350 workers, sews garments for Briggs New York [for Kellwood], Sag Harbor [for Kellwood], Fashion Bug [for Charming Shoppes], Alfani and JM Collection [for Macy’s]. Forced overtime...[is] the norm...Workers are allowed 20 minutes to sew each pair of pants. Supervisors yell and curse at the women, “Hurry up, you shit!”...Workers are paid 95 cents an hour--$1.21 an hour ...which does not come even close to meeting basic subsistence needs...Workers exercising their legal right to organize are immediately fired and blacklisted...(Also refers to Belk, Bloomingdales [part of Macy's], Kohl's, J. C. Penney, Meijer, Sears, US military exchanges)

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Company response
14 October 2010

Response by Kellwood: Natl. Labor Committee (US) alleges labour abuses at Alianza Fashion factory - including forced overtime, low wages, denial of freedom of association.

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Article
1 October 2010

Report on Alianza Fashion factory in Guatemala & company responses [Guatemala]

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In September 2010, National Labor Committee (NLC) issued a report "Alianza Fashion: A Test Case for the Guatemalan Government & the Office of the United States Trade Representative", alleging labour abuses at the Alianza Fashion factory in Guatemala, including forced overtime, low wages, and denial of freedom of association. On 28 September, NLC issued a statement saying that Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) “failed miserably” when it certified the factory. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Alianza Fashion, the US buyers and WRAP to respond...

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Article
28 September 2010

Alianza Update: Corporate Monitoring Fails Big Time

Author: National Labor Committee, [USA]

For at least the last 6 months, the abusive Alianza sweatshop in Guatemala has met all the requirements to be certified by the U.S. apparel industry's Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) program. How is this possible...? WRAP should explain to the American people exactly how they monitor factory conditions and why they failed so miserably at Alianza...

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