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Letter to H&M re alleged gender based violence in Asian supply chain

Author: Asia Floor Wage Alliance & Global Labor Justice , Published on: 30 May 2018

We write...to share outcomes from our research into gender based violence in H&M suppliers in key garment production countries in Asia...In particular, we would like to draw your attention to a current case of assault against union leaders and subsequent termination of their employment at H&M supplier, Shahi Exports Unit 8, No. 171, 7th Main Road, Industrial Suburb, Peenya II, Phase III, BBMP Ward No. 11, 560058, Bangalore...We respectfully request that H&M take the following actions in response to these findings:

1. Publicly support and commit to proactively implement an ILO Convention and Recommendation on Gender Based Violence that includes the recommendations fromthe Asia Floor Wage Alliance and partners.

2. Meet with the Asia Floor Wage Women's Leadership Committee in the next three months to discuss the supply chain findings and next steps.

3. Proactively work with the Asia Floor Wage Alliance to pilot women's committees in factories that eliminate gender based violence and discrimination from the supplier factories.

4. Demonstrate a commitment to proactively addressing violence and violations of decent work standards in the H&M supply chain by taking immediate action to ensure that the demands of Karnataka Garment Workers Union (KOOGU) Union are met, including:

4.1 Reinstate all 15 workers who were fired in retaliation for union activity;

4.2 Terminate employment for all factory managers and senior staff involved in the attack;

4.3 Meet with KOOGU to discuss the original three demands: inclusion of an elected worker on the factory health committee to address the quality of water available to workers at the factory, irregular transportation to the factory, and payments below living wages.

 

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