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B. Proposal--U.S. and Jordanian Officials, Wal-Mart, Hanesbrands, and Macy's to Engage in Dialogue with Classic Workers

November, 10 2010 Share

Campaign: Classic Fashion in Jordan: Sweatshop Conditions, Workers press for change

 

A Proposal:

To
U.S. and Jordanian Government Officials

And
Wal-Mart, Hanesbrands and Macy's
To
Engage in a Dialogue with Classic Workers

 

Under the condition there will be no retaliation against any worker for speaking the truth, we can guarantee-at any day and time-that 800 to 1,000 Classic workers would participate in a meeting with representatives from the governments and brands.  There is a large auditorium in the Al Hassan Industrial Park which could hold such a meeting.

Our goal is to create an opportunity where all stakeholders can engage in a civil dialogue to make certain that Classic remains a productive and successful apparel manufacturer, while also guaranteeing improvements in working conditions and respect for labor rights, including commitments the Government of Jordan agreed to under the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.

Such a meeting would be a rare opportunity for both U.S. and Jordanian Government officials and representatives of the brands to actually hear first hand from the workers in a safe location.  No one is perfect, and certainly not the workers, just as the U.S.-Jordan FTA has major problems, along with the serious flaws in corporate monitoring.  We can either continue to do the same things, with the same poor results, or we can enter into a genuine dialogue to try to improve conditions.

The workers are committed and so are the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (formerly National Labor Committee) and the United Steelworkers union, which is an original endorser of the U.S.-Jordan FTA.

It is now up to the apparel brands involved, and U.S. and Jordanian government officials, whether or not this historical meeting happens.

 

A Win-Win Situation with Huge Consequences
For Global Labor Rights

 

If U.S. and Jordanian Government officials, along with corporate representatives from Wal-Mart, Hanesbrands and Macy's agree to participate in an open dialogue with Classic's workers, the chances of success are huge.  Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world, while Hanes is the most recognized label in the United States.  The Classic Fashion Apparel Company is the largest apparel manufacturer in Jordan.  If we can get this right, we can stop talking past each other and begin a true dialogue so that we can begin to create a new model of respect for human and worker rights and good business practices.

All progress is made one step at a time, one compromise built on another.  But we have to start somewhere.