Philippines: Dong Seung factory workers allege union interference; legal threats and withholding of benefits reported

Workers at Dong Seung garments factory in the Philippines allege that the company is interfering with their right to organise. A report notes that the company is opposing the formation of an independent union and has resorted to threats and other schemes to discourage membership in the union. 

The workers are calling on the buyers of Dong Seung, specifically Ann Inc, which owns Ann Taylor and Macy's, to help their efforts pursuant to these global brands' code of conduct that requires suppliers to respect freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Dong Seung, Ann Inc, and Macy's to respond to this allegations. To date, these companies have not responded. 

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12 March 2018

Philippines: Garment factory workers allege company interference in efforts to unionize

Author: Partido Manggagawa

"Korean garments factory interfering in workers' right unionize," 12 February 2018

Workers at a garments factory in Cavite ecozone are facing interference in their efforts to unionize. The Korean-owned factory Dong Seung Inc. supplies to brands Ann Taylor and Macy's.

The workers of Dong Seung formed an independent union and have filed a petition for a certification election as provided for under the law. Since then the union president has been threatened by management with a criminal case, union leaders have been transferred from their departments to deny them access to other workers, management personnel have been meeting workers and propagating anti-union propaganda, union members have been denied loans, and they have been told that they can only access the loans if they withdraw membership in the independent union...Dong Seung management...manifested opposition to the holding of an election in a hearing conducted by the Labor Department on the petition for certification elections
 
The workers union are calling on global companies Ann Inc., which owns the brand Ann Taylor, and Macy's Inc. to remediate the violations of their supplier Dong Seung Inc. based on their supplier codes of conduct which provide for respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining.

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