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Write a Letter to Hanes, Wal-Mart, Puma and J.C. Penney - More than 100 Child Workers Fired from Harvest Rich [Bangladesh]
Author: National Labor Committee [US-based NGO], Published on: 23 October 2006
After threatening to sue the National Labor Committee and after stating that Harvest Rich was “free of child labor,” that “adhering to company policy, we do not employ anyone below 18” and that “Harvest Rich Ltd. has a...valid WRAP Certification”..., Harvest Rich fired more than 100 child workers while at the same time threatening that any worker found cooperating with the independent investigation...will also be fired... After receiving a letter from the National Labor Committee, Harvest Rich seems to be re-evaluating the mass firing... On Sunday, October 22, Harvest Rich managers held an hour-long meeting with the child workers, telling them that they were not fired and should return to the factory on Saturday, October 28 after the Eid religious holiday. The children were told that at that time management would decide to go ahead with the mass firings or pay for the children’s education... On one hand, Harvest Rich’s backing off from the firings is a very positive step forward... On the other hand, the question again arises, how Hanes [part of Hanesbrands], Puma, Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney could all have failed to notice that children as young as 11 were sewing their clothing...