MYSORE – An Indian garment manufacturer, which supplies to Gap, H&M and Adidas, has been accused of union busting. Last week, 1,200 garment workers were laid off at Euro Clothing Company (ECC-2), a business which is owned by the Gokuldas Exports Group. It is claimed the factory flouted local labour laws which require permission from the government for lay-offs in workplaces with more than 100 workers. It is also claimed union busting at the factory had begun a few weeks earlier.
Further, ECC-2 is bound by a global framework agreement signed between IndustriALL and H&M. Such agreements are intended to protect the interests of garment workers and establish best practice for industrial relations between brands, manufacturers and unions.
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