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Third Party Complaint

Ethical Fashion Africa, Ltd., in Kenya

Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On June 30, 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a worker alleging violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct regarding compensation and hours of work by FLA-affiliated company Ethical Fashion Africa, Ltd. in Kenya. The FLA selected independent expert Leonard Nawiri, based in Nairobi, Kenya, to conduct an assessment of the allegations and prepare a report and relevant recommendations.

Impression Apparel in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On April 28, 2015, trade unions in El Salvador filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging that the Impression Apparel factory was not in compliance with several benchmarks of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. Allegations included violations of workers' freedom of association, harsh penalties for infractions as minor as arriving one minute late for work, and the improper use of temporary contracts for permanent work, in order to avoid paying benefits.

JoeAnne Dominicana, Dominican Republic

Publication date: 
Monday, October 12, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On March 2, 2015, the Federation of Dominican Free Trade Zone, Diverse Industries, and Services Workers (Federación Dominicana de Trabajadores de Zonas Francas, Industrias Diversas y de Servicios, FEDOTRAZONAS) in the Dominican Republic filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging violations of freedom of association by JoeAnne Dominicana against the local union United Workers Union (Sindicato de Trabajadores Unidos).

COFACO in Peru

Publication date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
In March of 2015, a worker at the factory COFACO in Peru filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging various omissions and errors in providing COFACO workers with their full legally entitled wage payments and bonuses.

Karacabey Factory in Turkey

Publication date: 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On June 16, 2015, a group of workers at the Karacabey factory in Turkey, owned and operated by Participating Company Nestlé, submitted a Third Party Complaint with the FLA alleging that they had been dismissed because of their union affiliation.

Style Avenue in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Monday, July 13, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On March 19, 2015, the local union at the factory Style Avenue in El Salvador filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA). The complaint alleged that over the period from January 28 to February 8, 2015, the factory suspended operations and only paid workers for three of those days, in violation of Salvadoran law.

New Holland Apparel in Nicaragua

Publication date: 
Monday, May 11, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On December 2, 2014, a worker at the factory New Holland Apparel de Nicaragua, in Nicaragua, filed a Third Party Complaint with the FLA alleging that she had been dismissed from her job because of her union affiliation; moreover, the worker alleged that she was harassed by management, which had led to psychological trauma and the need for medical treatment.

Gokaldas India in Bangalore

Publication date: 
Monday, May 11, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
Following the death of a young child in a day-care facility run by the Gokaldas India factory in Bangalore (supplier for FLA affiliate Adidas), the FLA received a request for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the child’s medical emergency, including several factors leading to delays in securing medical attention.

Freedom of Association Violations at Petralex in Honduras

Publication date: 
Friday, April 24, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
Between November 2014 and March 2015, the Petralex factory in Villanueva, Honduras, illegally fired or forced the resignations of at least 19 garment workers, including nine SITRAPETRALEX union leaders, and 10 union affiliates or relatives of union leaders, according to an independent investigation conducted by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) in April of 2015.

Troon Manufacturing in Nicaragua

Publication date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
Four workers whose associational rights were breached were reinstated in their jobs, with payment of lost wages and benefits and restoration of seniority, after submitting a third party complaint to the FLA. Adidas conducted the investigation leading to reinstatement of the workers.

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