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12 Nov 2016

Philippines: Faremo Intl. factory closure leaves over 1,000 jobless; union suspects shutdown was meant to suppress organizing

Dozens of former workers of garment manufacturer Faremo International launched a picket at the factory site to protest its closure which resulted in the laying off of over 1,000 workers. According to the union, the shutdown was not caused by the lack of orders as the company claims, but by anti-union motivations.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies named in the reports to respond. Provided below (alongside the relevant reports) are the responses of Gap, which was reported as one of Faremo's buyers, and Hansoll, the parent company of Faremo. Also provided is a rejoinder of the labour organization Partido Manggagawa to Gap's response, followed by Gap's reply to the rejoinder.

Company Responses

Hansoll Textile View Response