AMSTERDAM – An Indian garment supplier to H&M has been accused of violating international labour standards. Gokaldas Exports is alleged to have illegally laid off 1,200 workers at its only unionised factory. Gokaldas Exports owns 20 factories, and on 8 June, management announced a lay-off of all workers at its only factory with union membership.
Unions now claim management of Gokaldas Exports have been filmed harassing workers to resign. “There are recordings of managers announcing that the factory will not re-open and that workers would only be able to get their dues if they resign,” said a statement from IndustriALL Global Union. “Workers who were forced to resign have informed the union about the pressure they were subjected to.”
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