This is a new complaint that FWF has just filed. At this point in the procedure, the complaint is pending investigation, and FWF has not yet proven it to be grounded. Updates to the investigation will follow. The brand is requested to share the complaint with factory management and to get their perspective. Ideally, this includes obtaining documental evidence in addition to a statement from management.
One sewing worker previously working at the factory filed a complaint to FWF on 7 June that the factory deducted his/her piece rate subsidy for the first 3 months (March to May 2018) from his/her wage. This worker started employment in March 2018 and according to the oral agreement with the factory, he/she would receive a 50%, 40% and 30% of the piece rate respectively for March, April and May 2018. This subsidy would enable the complainant to earn a decent income while getting familiarised him with the work and up to speed.
In the beginning of May 2018, the complainant concluded that he/she did not fit the job, and quit on 29 May 2018. The factory informed the complainant that they will deduct the piece rate subsidies of the first 3 months, which in total is around 3000 RMB from the wages of May 2018. The wages of May 2018 will be paid to the complainant by bank transfer on 20 June 2018.
The complainant's former colleagues informed him/her that the factory just posted a new announcement in the workshop, saying that new workers who stay with the factory less than a year, will get the piece rate subsidy of the first 3 months deducted.
The complainant thought it unfair to deduct this subsidy, as the oral agreement when he/she was hired was that he/she would receive this subsidy.
On 8 June another former worker filed a similar complaint. This sewing worker previously serving at the factory claimed that the factory deducted his/her piece rate subsidy for the first 2 months (April to May 2018) from his wage. This worker started employment on 9 April 2018 and according to the oral agreement with factory would get 40% and 30% of the piece rate subsidized respectively for April and May 2018.
In the beginning of May, the complainant concluded he/she did not fit the job, and therefore quit and left the factory on 27 May 2018. The factory informed him/her that they will deduct the piece rate subsidies of the first 2 months from his/her wage of May 2018. The wage is planned to be paid out on 20 June 2018.
This complainant was also informed by previous colleagues that a new announcement was posted in the workshop saying that new workers who stay with the factory less than a year, will not receive the piece rate subsidy of the first 3 months. The complainant thought it is unfair to deduct this subsidy as this was agreed to when he/she was hired and hoped FWF would help.