Takko Holding GmbH, Complaint 90

CONCERNING LABOUR STANDARDS
Safe and healthy working conditions Legally binding employment relationship
STATUS
Closed
DATE
2014-08-15

The complainant claimed that he was verbally abused and bullied by his supervisor. According to the complainant, he was forced to resign because he was over 50 years old and the factory did not want to pay him compensation. He felt that he would not find another job, thus he begged the management to hire him back. According to the factory the complainant slapped his supervisor during the month of July and stayed absent often after.

Findings and conclusions

On 15 August FWF’s received a complaint through it’s local complaints handler from a worker, working for a factory supplying Takko. The complaint related to the labour standard ‘Legally binding employment relationship’ which is part of FWF’s Code of Labour Practices.

The complainant claimed that he was verbally abused and bullied by his supervisor. According to the complainant, he was forced to resign because he was over 50 years old and the factory did not want to pay him compensation. He felt that he would not find another job, thus he begged the management to hire him back. According to the factory the complainant slapped his supervisor during the month of July and stayed absent often after.

Since the case had been brought to court and a local union, FWF decided that it was not necessary to start an investigation and closed the case. FWF agreed to offer support when local union SGSF (Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation) needs further assistance.

Overview of the complaint investigation

2014-11-01 Investigation

FWF informed Takko Fashion about the case. Takko Fashion had responded immediately. The local office and the local agent contacted the factory. The factory management argued that the worker had misbehaved and had been absent. They said that the worker had decided to leave work on his own will. According to the email from Takko the complainant was not fired. The factory said he slapped his supervisor during the month of July and stayed absent often after.
When FWF prepared for an investigation, the complainant told that he had reported the case to a local union SGSF (Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation), an IndustriAll global union member.
After discussion with SGSF, it was agreed that FWF would request the factory to negotiate with the union.
Takko Fashion had a number of discussions with the factory, but it was not able to convince the factory to meet SGSF. In September, SGSF informed FWF that under the request of the worker, it had filed the case to court against the factory.
The factory informed FWF that it preferred to go through the court process with the complainant.
Since the case had been brought to court and a local union, FWF decided that it was not necessary to start an investigation and closed the case. FWF agreed to offer support when SGSF needs further assistance.

2014-11-01 Closed

This complaint is closed.