UPDATE: Limited Progress at Hannan Knitwear in Bangladesh
October, 12 2016 Share
Thanks to all who signed the Petition regarding Hannan. Your message was heard loud and clear!
On Thursday evening, October 6, Kajol Rekha received 54,213 taka ($692) in maternity leave, severance and back wages. She and her husband are extremely happy. (Ms Rekha, then over six months pregnant, was fired in late April 2016.)
Workers told our time excitedly that they were given the day off on Friday, October 7 (Friday is the weekly holiday in Bangladesh) and that hours were “reasonable” on October 8—they worked from 8;00 a.m. until only 7:00 p.m.
Hannan’s major buyers, Esprit, Bestseller and Corte Ingles have informed us that they have initiated a process of investigation and remediation at Hannan, to improve conditions, reduce overtime hours and assure that workers receive all their legal benefits.
However, there are indications that road to legal compliance and good conditions may not be smooth:
* On October 8, managers met with workers on all floors and coached them on what they should say to buyers or auditors who visit the factory. Workers were instructed to say that:
- The factory closes at 7.00 p.m.
- The factory is shut down on Fridays and workers get their weekly day off.
- Pregnant women workers get 112 days maternity paid leave (as per Bangladeshi law).
- Workers are given sick leave, earned leave and festival leaves.
- There has never been “night-shift” (late night work at the factory).
- Workers are satisfied with the working conditions of the factory.
* The factory continues to require excessive overtime. Since October 9, Knitting Section workers have been required to work until 9:00 p.m., while Linking, Finishing and Packing workers are required to work until 11:00 p.m. or later.
We will keep you posted!