Workers’ rights complaint at C&A supplier taken forward

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YANGON – The Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles has informed workers’ rights organisations SOMO, Action Labor Rights (ALR) and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) that it will take up its complaint that fashion retailer C&A has turned a blind eye to rights violations at its Myanmarese supplier, Roo Hsing.

Since 2018, when Myanmar’s minimum worker wage was increased to US$3.30, staff at the site of Roo Hsing have been at loggerheads with the factory’s bosses after an underhand attempt to implement a bonus system was caught out as a ruse to keep wages low.

After years of grappling between the two parties, the Clean Clothes Campaign Netherlands (SKC), Action Labor Rights (ALR) from Myanmar and SOMO have intervened and are calling on key customer C&A to address the supply chain violations head on.

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