INITIAL REPORT OF A COMPLAINT AT A FACTORY IN BANGLADESH SUPPLYING TAKKO FASHION
The case was first reported by some anonymous workers in February 2017. It was followed up by National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), a member of IndustriAll in April. NGWF in April contacted FWF and provided a list of factories where they have received complaints on unfair dismissal. FWF found out that two factories in the list were active suppliers of Takko Fashion. NGWF believed that the dismissal was linked to the workers’ effort to organise in Ashulia in December 2016.
FWF had requested Takko Fashion in March 2017 to gather information from the factory. Takko contacted the factory and replied to FWF immediately. The factory claimed that no worker from the factory has participated in the strike outside in December. The workers reported to work on 18 and 19 December but refrained working on both days. The factory was later closed mandatory by the government together with another 58 factories. The factory reopened on 25 December 2016 and all workers went back to work. According to the management, the workers were not punished.
FWF is in the process of verifying the above statement from factory management.