India: Major brands respond to allegations supplier Avery Dennison is undermining trade union rights & failing to pay contract workers full entitlements
The International Union League for Brand Responsibility wrote a letter to Avery Dennison, a major label supplier, accusing it of undermining freedom of association and trade union rights in Bangalore. The letter specifically alleges that Avery Dennison keeps workers on contracts to avoid paying them their full entitlements and will not recognise their trade union. It also alleges that Avery Dennison dismissed 52 contract workers in retaliation for trade union activity.
In June 2018 we invited Avery Dennison to respond. Their response is provided below in which they deny the allegations. The International Union League for Brand Responsibility subsequently submitted a rejoinder in response which you can read below.
Latest development - brands respond
In August 2018 the International Union League for Brand Responsibility asked us to seek responses to letters it had sent to three brands: Levi Strauss, H&M and Gap, which source from Avery Dennison on the ongoing alleged abuses. It also asked us to seek a response from Avery Dennison to a follow up letter it sent the company regarding the situation. Responses from the brands and Avery Dennison are below.