INTERMEDIATE REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN Turkey AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Hessnatur
On February 5 the local complaints handler of FWF had a meeting with the representative of the union in Istanbul, in a reaction to a news item about one of the suppliers for Hessnatur. The issue related to FWF’s standard ‘freedom of association’.
According to the information provided by representatives of the Textile, Knitting and Clothing Industry Workers’ Union of Turkey (Teksif) 140 workers, of whom 110 are union members, were dismissed. Plaintiffs also claimed that there is a blacklisting among textile factory owners.
The investigation showed that the group of workers and the union are willing to get in communication with the factory management to settle down the issue. FWF and the affiliate involved, together with three other international brands (non FWF mebers) collaborated, proposed factory to maintain an open dialogue with the Trade Union, to reinstate the dismissed workers as the factory started recruiting new workers, and FWF workplace education programme to be implemented in the factory. None of these proposals was accepted by the factory management.