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The Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles has informed SOMO, a labour rights organisation from Myanmar (that for security reasons must remain anonymous) and the Clean Clothes Campaign that it will take up the complaint they submitted last month.

The organisations filed a complaint against C&A, a member of the Garment Agreement, because the garment company did not properly handle complaints from workers at a garment factory in Myanmar.

Two years ago, the factory management launched a union-busting campaign against the newly founded trade union. This led to the dismissal and forced departure of the union leaders. Despite repeated attempts by the organisations, C&A failed to take effective action and correct the management’s unlawful actions.

Now that the complaint is under consideration, the organisations hope that C&A will take its responsibility and address the management of the garment factory in order to guarantee trade union freedom and reinstate both the unfairly dismissed employees and those who were forced to leave.

Read more in our online file ‘complaint against C&A’