Haglofs AB, Complaint 331

Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining Legally binding employment relationship

A worker, who had been working in the factory since November 2010, claims she was dismissed without proper reason in June 2016. Management indicated that her dismissal was for economic reasons, but the worker claims she was dismissed due to an internal trade union conflict related to the election of a new chair of the union.

On 8 June 2016, the worker received compensation of more than a year's wages and a reference letter that indicated she had been working at the factory from November 2010 until June 2016, and was dismissed due to economic reasons The letter also indicated that if there is a recruitment opportunity, she could be rehired without any difficulties. In the meantime, however, she has twice applied for a position at the factory and not been rehired (June and September 2019)

Overview of the complaint investigation

2019-04-26 Investigation

According to the Indonesian Labour Law, an employer is obliged to hire workers that were laid-off in the last 6 months due to economic reasons. The complainant did not apply between June 2016 and December 2016. Therefore, the factory was not under a legal obligation to re-hire her.

FWF planned a verification audit on the 26th of April in 2019.

2019-05-01 Conclusion of the investigation

During the verification audit, the audit team could not establish what the hiring policy of the factory was as the hiring is done by the headquarters and not by the factory itself.

2019-05-02 Closed

As there is no legal ground for the complaint, FWF will close the complaint.