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The three workers claimed they had been dismissed because of union membership
In February 2014, three employees of a Turkish supplier of Hess Natur filed a complaint regarding unfair dismissals. The three workers claimed they had been dismissed because of union membership. A verification audit showed that the dismissals were carried out in accordance with the law, and during the workers’ official trial period. At the same time, though, the factory told the auditors that it did not allow union members in its factory. Workers were required to provide management with their ‘e-state’ passwords – through which social security information as well as union membership can be viewed. As this creates a high risk of violations of Freedom of Association and the right to Collective Bargaining, Hessnatur is required, as part of the remediation of this complaint, to ensure that the e-state passwords are no longer collected. In addition, it will engage with its supplier to improve communications internally.