Mayerline NV, Complaint 22

CONCERNING LABOUR STANDARDS
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining Legally binding employment relationship
STATUS
Closed
DATE
2012-10-19

In a factory supplying FWF affiliate Mayerline, 37 workers were fired from the knitting department when they protested changes that were being implemented in the department. The workers were all union members.

Findings and conclusions

In a factory supplying FWF affiliate Mayerline, 37 workers were fired from the knitting department when they protested changes that were being implemented in the department. The workers were all union members.

The complaint was filed by the local union when the fired workers had already been protesting outside the factory for 80 days. With the support of FWF and its affiliate, a representative of the workers negotiated with the factory. As a result of these negotiations, the concerned workers were given the opportunity to be reinstated. 19 workers decided to accept, the others will receive a compensation. The factory and the worker representative agreed to continue the dialogue on working conditions from now on.

An audit was already planned at this factory. That was used to verify the implementation of the agreement and also to investigate the claims of union about discrimination of unionized workers and preventing union from free access. Audit report states findings regarding the discrimination of unionized workers on the grounds of not providing possibility of over time work, and the union members experience mobbing from a supervisor, along with not providing access to the union. The corrective action that will ensure the respect for and enjoyment of freedom of association will be communicated to
the factory and monitored in communication with all parties.

This complaint is closed as the member brands doesn't source from this factory anymore.

Overview of the complaint investigation

2018-02-08 Investigation

The FWF verification coordinator responsible for Turkey, together with the FWF Complaints handler in Turkey visited the group of dismissed workers who are protesting in the street of the factories main production location and visited the factory to have a meeting with the Managing Director and owners. Whereas the factory claims to have followed the law when firing the group, the group of workers claim that this was an unfair dismissal and was related to their union membership. Workers have filed a court case.

2018-02-08 Conclusion of the investigation

On the day of the investigation the workers were already protesting for 80 days outside the factory. The investigation showed that the group of workers not agreeing with the new system with a higher number of machines per worker is representing half of the department. This makes it a serious protest. During the meetings with both the management of the factory and with the workers, both parties showed a willingness to
meet each other and suggested the date of October 30 for the first meeting. FWF has advised to have a third party available during that meeting. FWF and the concerned affiliate required the factory to have the meeting with the representative of the workers (Teksif).
On October 30 the first meeting between the factory and the worker representatives (Teksif) took place. This was followed up by some more meetings in that same week and has resulted in an agreement. The concerned workers were given the opportunity to be reinstated. 19 workers decided for this option. They will be given one month extra pay
and will start working again in the week of November 5. Factory and workers have had an extra meeting to agree on changes needed regarding the work load. The workers that won’t be reinstated will receive a compensation. The factory and Teksif agreed to continue the dialogue on working conditions from now on.

2018-02-08 Remediation

Action required is to implement the agreement that was reached.

2018-02-08 Verification

An audit was already planned at this factory. That was used to verify the implementation of the agreement and also to investigate the claims of union about discrimination of unionized workers and preventing union from free access. Audit report states findings regarding the discrimination of unionized workers on the grounds of not providing possibility of over time work, and the union members experience mobbing from a supervisor, along with not providing access to the union. The corrective action that will
ensure the respect for and enjoyment of freedom of association will be communicated to the factory and monitored in communication with all parties.

2018-02-08 Evaluation of the complaint

Teksif and the group of workers both have accepted the agreement reached. On the other hand, after the implementation of agreement regarding reinstatement of/compensation providing for workers protesting, plaintiff claimed that the factory carried on not providing access to the union, and the agreement on continuous dialogue between factory management and union is not reached.

2018-02-08 Closed

This complaint is closed.