Gap and Old Navy in Bangladesh

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Thousands of garment workers at Next Collections factory in Bangladesh worked until well past 10 p.m. every day and sometimes until 5 a.m. or later making children's skinny jeans and jeggings for Gap Inc.'s Old Navy stores.  Phony pay stubs; make-believe 10-hour shifts; pregnant women cheated of maternity benefits; workers cheated of 15 percent of their overtime wages….When workers spoke up for their rights, they are forced to resign without pay and threatened.

"I gave birth at 9:30 a.m. but the baby was immature and died...For me, it is a loss I will never get over," 20-year-old Morium Begum told us.  Despite the fact the she was pregnant, exhausted and sick, management at the Next Collections factory forced her to work over 100 hours a week.  She lost her baby in her seventh month of pregnancy.

After the Institute released the report in October 2013, Gap has taken measures to clean up the Next Collections sweatshop by paying maternity benefits to pregnant workers and firing abusive managers.  But further intervention is needed to correct illegal practices of forced, excessive overtime and phony pay stubs and to ensure respect for workers’ right to organize.

The Institute is also demanding that 21 workers who were illegally terminated must be reinstated in their jobs.

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