Significant Improvements at the IBG factory in Jordan

October, 18 2010 Share


Following the April 14, 2010 release of the Institute's report, "Dirty Clothes, Nygard, Dillards, J.C.Penney, Wal-Mart Linked to Human Trafficking and Abuse of Young Women in Jordan Sweatshop" and an emergency delegation to Jordan by the NLC and the United Steelworkers union in mid-May 2010, conditions at the IBG factory in Jordan were significantly improved.

By late May, the International British Garments company-owned by one of the world's largest security firms, G4S, immediately began implementing improvements.  Workers were quickly relocated to much improved dormitories.  Hours were cut back and all overtime is now voluntary and correctly paid.  Workers are no longer abused or mistreated, but rather are treated with respect.

Recently, the workers at IBG went on strike demanding that the illegal food deduction from their wages be ended.  Their work contracts at IBG specifically stated that all food would be provided free of charge.  In response, management cut the deduction from 23 JD ($32.43) a month to 13 JD ($18.33) with promises of further cuts that would soon eliminate all food deductions.  The striking workers quickly returned to work.

The IBG factory is functioning as a factory should operate, with good-faith negotiations with its workers.

The NLC places the IBG factory at much improved level.  If improvements continue, IBG will be on track to be a model factory that could set a new standard in Jordan.



Click here to view the original report on IBG of 14 April 2010, "Dirty Clothes"