INITIAL REPORT COMPLAINT IN macedonia AT FACTORY SUPPLYING albiro
In May 2014, five workers from a factory in Macedonia supplying FWF member Albiro called FWF’s complaint helpline. They claimed that a new wage calculation method had pushed their wages down to below the legal minimum. They also complained about forced overtime and harassment. The investigation showed that wages had indeed dropped to below the legal minimum wage when the new wage calculation method was introduced. And while harassment and forced overtime couldn’t be proven, there were no systems in place to avoid forced overtime and the internal grievance mechanism was found wanting.
To remediate the wage issue, the factory should work with the worker committee to revise the wage calculation system. Overtime registration must be improved and a proper consent procedure implemented. The internal grievance mechanism will be improved. An audit to monitor the improvements is planned for the last quarter of 2015.