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Hugo Boss accused of violating fundamental labour rights in Turkey

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15 March 2015

HUGO BOSS: Statement to the Allegations from IndustriALL

HUGO BOSS cannot understand the allegations from IndustriALL, issued in their current statements against the Group, in any way. Neither the statements regarding our company-owned production facility in Izmir correspond with the facts, nor is the information concerning the legal issues referring to former employees accurate. On the contrary. Both, the wages and the overtime hours in our production facility in Izmir are clearly outlined. Average wages are significantly above the customary local wages and the working environment in our facility is excellent...Moreover, we disagree with the statements regarding the labor cases: HUGO BOSS is not aware whether employees belong to a trade union or not, as there are no obligations for employees to inform their employer about a membership...  

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15 March 2015

IndustriALL Global Union: Hugo Boss- Luxury brand, garbage employer

Author: IndustriALL

"HUGO BOSS: Luxury brand, garbage employer", 02 March 2015

The Turkish Union of Textile, Knitting and Clothing Industry Workers TEKSIF, an IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, has been assisting HUGO BOSS workers in Izmir to organize for over three years. The workers, the vast majority of whom earn less than the poverty threshold with long working hours, discretionary overtime and no social benefits, are seeking a living wage and a voice at work.

Whilst HUGO BOSS publically claims to uphold internationally recognized labour standards throughout its global operations, the 3,000 workers in Izmir have had their fundamental rights at work attacked by their management.Violations include targeting of union supporters and their family and close friends through threats, punishments, and sackings...IndustriALL then sent the documented verdicts of the Local and High Courts to the company and again offered dialogue, which the company ignored...

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