Bangladesh: 600 garment workers owed wages, benefits & severance after dismissal from Dragon Sweater factory; Incl. company responses
Approximately 500-600 garment workers are owed wages, benefits, bonuses and severance pay from Dragon Sweater factory in Bangladesh after their jobs were terminated in March 2020 after the factory suspended operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Garment Workers’ Trade Union Center has been holding protests to demand workers are paid what they are owed. Dragon Sweater was reportedly producing for New Yorker, Walmart and Lidl in 2019.
At a press conference in September, Dragon Sweater's Managing Director said it had paid workers wages for three months the factory was kept shut as per government instructions before terminating employees who were unable to return to work once operations resumed. The Garment Workers Trade Union Centre has denounced these claims as untrue, and states 500 to 600 workers have been terminated and have not been properly paid.
In October, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited New Yorker, Walmart and Lidl to respond. Walmart and Lidl responded and said they had ended their relationships with Dragon Sweater in 2018 and 2019, respectively. New Yorker did not respond.