Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING blutgeschwister
On 30 December 2013 FWF’s complaints handler in China received a complaints report from a worker working in a factory supplying Blutgeschwister. The complaint related to the standard ‘Payment of a living wage’ which is part of FWF’s Code of Labour Practices.
The plaintiff claimed three 3 month wage was withheld and that 7 other colleagues experience the same delayed payment. The workers are planning to report the case to the local labour bureau. On December 31 FWF informed Blutgeschwister, who took immediate action by instructing management to pay and announcing that this matter will get top priority. On 6 January 2014, management of the factory replied it had indeed difficulties to pay October wages due to tight funds. Management also informed the company the case was reported to the labour bureau.
On 9 January 2014 Blutgeschwister received the message the due wages were paid on 9 January. Both the adequate reponse by Blutgeschwister and the interference of the local labour bureau sped up the process for the factory to not further delay the payment. The affiliate will prioritize the payment of living wage issues in the Corrective Action Plan. FWF’s complaints handler has verified with the plaintiff on 6 February 2014 that all the due wages have been paid.