Schijvens Confectiefabriek Hilvarenbeek B.V., The Cotton Group S.A. (B&C), Complaint 904

Legally binding employment relationship

On Saturday 14 June, when all the workers arrived at the factory, they found the factory door locked. Without any prior notice, the factory management informed the workers that the factory is going to shut down from that day onward. According to complainants, the management did not give any kind of notice before taking such action and did not give any clear instruction about their legal dues. The workers could not accept the sudden decision and forced the management to open the factory door. But after getting into the factory, the workers found that all the floors were empty and there was no work to do anymore.

The Fair Wear complaints handler received several calls on 14 and 15 June regarding this issue, and finally came to know that management indicated they will clear the payment of all workers by 30 June. However, the workers do not know what is included in that payment, and whether all their entitled dues are included. Furthermore, workers do not know how factory management is going to distribute the funds. Fair Wear also received calls from two pregnant workers who indicated that the management did not explain anything to them regarding their maternity benefit.

The workers would like an appropriate explanation of the reasons why this happened all of a sudden and without any prior notice. Also, workers want to receive their legal dues and ask Fair Wear to verify, in a timely matter, that they will receive all the legal dues that they are entitled to.

New complaint

This is a new complaint that FWF has just filed. At this point in the procedure, the complaint is pending investigation, and FWF has not yet proven it to be grounded. Updates to the investigation will follow. The brand is requested to share the complaint with factory management and to get their perspective. Ideally, this includes obtaining documental evidence in addition to a statement from management.

Overview of the complaint investigation