Odd Molly International AB, Complaint 208

CONCERNING LABOUR STANDARDS
Payment of a living wage Reasonable hours of work Legally binding employment relationship
STATUS
Closed
DATE
2017-02-05

On 3 February 2017, a worker contacted FWF’s helpline to complain that work had been offered at a different factory from the same owner in the understanding that employment at the previous factory would be terminated and final payment provided

Findings and conclusions

On 3 February 2017, a worker contacted FWF’s helpline to complain that work had been offered at a different factory from the same owner in the understanding that employment at the previous factory would be terminated and final payment provided. However, full and final payment has not been received. Further, piece rate workers at the factories were not getting social security benefits, or most of the legal protection that hired workers have, such as notice pay or earned leave.

As the factory was unwilling to cooperate on the complaint and the brand has since stopped business relations, no further remediation can take place. The complaint is closed and remains unsolved.

Overview of the complaint investigation

2017-07-17 Investigation

FWF informed Odd Molly about the case. Odd Molly shared the complaint with the supplier, but was unable to receive a statement. The brand had reduced orders considerably since the last audit and was in the process of phasing out the supplier.
FWF was unable to reach the complainant to receive updates on their situation.

2017-07-17 Conclusion of the investigation

FWF was unable to investigate the complaint fully due to limited cooperation of the factory.
A FWF audit report of August 2013 also included several of the points raised in the complaint:
- Excessive overtime was observed during off-site visits of the audit team and in off-site worker interviews, but was not shown in official records.
- Workers were transferred from the zink company to the hosiery company, but no transfer letters or other documentation had been kept.
- During offsite worker interviews, it was stated by the workers that there are around 250-300 workers in this site. However, on the day of the audit, there were only 150-160 workers in the production floor. Empty work stations were also observed during the audit days.

2017-07-17 Remediation

As the factory was unwilling to cooperate on the complaint and the brand has since stopped business relations, no further remediation will take place. The complaint is closed and remains unsolved.

2017-07-17 Evaluation of the complaint

FWF was unable to reach the complainant to discuss the current status of their situation or evaluate the complaint.

2017-07-21 Closed

This complaint is closed.