China Complaint Outdoor and Sports June 2016

Final report of complaint at a factory in China that supplies Outdoor and Sports – June 2016

On 1 June 2016, Fair Wear Foundation received a complaint from a former worker at a factory in China supplying FWF member Outdoor and Sports. According to the complainant she asked for personal leave on 27 April, which was refused on 30 April. Nevertheless, the complainant took time off, without approval from the factory. Upon return on 10 May she was told her job had been terminated due to absenteeism. Finally, the complainant did not receive her wages for April and the first three days of May.

FWF informed Outdoor and Sports, which in turn informed FWF that a case had been started at the local arbitration committee. The FWF member brand stressed to the factory that the complainant would drop the complaint if the factory would pay the due wages for April. The factory decided to wait for the arbitration ruling.

The local arbitration body ruled in favour of the supplier. FWF advises Outdoor and Sports to continue its dialogue with the factory regarding dismissal policy and effective grievance systems.


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