Independent Monitoring Report on Liz Claiborne Production in El Salvador

July, 01 2001 Share

Below are the highlights of the final report (pdf) on the Independent Monitoring Group of El Salvador (GMIES) investigation of Liz Claiborne production at the Doall factories.

July 2001

GMIES reports:

    * Doall management routinely blocked GMIES entry to the factory, even for the dates agreed to and set for the announced visits--each time delaying entry for well over a month. Doall prohibited all unannounced visits, only ending this policy two weeks before the monitoring project was to end. Doall denied access to necessary documentation. GMIES representatives felt intimidated by FTZ security guards.

    * Obligatory overtime--for some departments up to a 68-hour workweek.

    * Excessively high production goals--which could never be met in eight hours.

    * Twenty-five percent of workers feared being fired if they tried to organize a union.

    * Workers were fired each year, kept on a year-to-year contract to prevent them from gaining seniority.

    * Workers reported that the factory lacks proper ventilation.

    * A Doall representative was seen entering the women's bathroom and pulling out workers he thought were taking "too long."

    * There was clear discrimination in incentive pay.

    * Verbal abuse and threats from supervisors were not uncommon.

    * Personal leave time was routinely denied.

    * Of the 17 areas reviewed for compliance, Doall was found to be in compliance with Salvadoran labor law in only four.

Apparently Liz Claiborne did too little to pressure Doall to comply with the independent monitoring program, to respect Salvadoran law, or to improve conditions. The Salvadoran Ministry of Labor has also done nothing.

Besides producing for Liz Claiborne, Doall also supplies The Limited and Perry Ellis.


GMIES Report



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