Blackout AG, Complaint 122

CONCERNING LABOUR STANDARDS
No exploitation of child labour
STATUS
Closed
DATE
2014-05-18

The complainant claimed that there are workers in the factory who the plaintiff considers children at work. None of the workers interviewed confirmed child labour at the factory.

Findings and conclusions

On 18 May FWF received a complain form a worker working for a factory supplying Blackout. The complaint related to the labour standard ‘No exploitation of child labour’, which is part of FWF’s Code of Labour Practices.

The complainant claimed that there are workers in the factory who the plaintiff considers children at work. None of the workers interviewed confirmed child labour at the factory. Both investigators have observed the factory from very early in the morning when all workers were going in until the very evening until lights were shut off at the factory. Observations have highlighted again issues which have been brought up already during earlier audits. As the case is not grounded, no remediation with regard to child labour is asked for. However FWF highlights the importance to seek for remediation of the audit report findings focusing on the observations during the investigation of the complaint.

Overview of the complaint investigation

2014-06-30 Investigation

FWF informs Blackout about the case. FWF requested Blackout not to inform the factory to avoid that factory management sends the children away in case found.
To investigate the complaint, FWF has asked the complaints handler and an expert in worker interviews to speak to the plaintiff in person and also to conduct off-site interviews with other workers from the same factory.

2014-06-30 Conclusion of the investigation

The complaint is not grounded.
None of the workers interviewed confirmed child labour at the factory. Both investigators have observed the factory from very early in the morning when all workers were going in until the very evening until lights were shut off at the factory. No young/child labour was noticed going in or out of the factory. The plaintiff stated that (s)he was upset with the
factory management and supervisor because of unreasonable production targets.
Observations have highlighted again issues which have been brought up already during the FWF audit conducted on 12&13 May 2014.
1. Some workers spoken to stated that friends have been illegally dismissed without 1 month prior notice of why they are dismissed.
2. Many workers are unregistered.
3. Working hours do not corroborate with the management interviews. They conduct excessive overtime as the team has observed the workers going in before the official working hours start and returning much later.

2014-06-30 Remediation

As the case is not grounded, no remediation with regard to child labour is asked for. However FWF highlights the importance to seek for remediation of the audit report findings focusing on the observations during the investigation of the complaint.
Further a FWF Workplace Education Programme Training at this factory could be of help to overcome the problems found.

2014-06-30 Closed

This complaint is closed.