Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Local labor groups urge Uniqlo to intervene in strike talks in China

Local labor groups urge Uniqlo to intervene in strike talks in China

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Several labor groups in Taiwan launched a protest Friday at the local flagship store of Uniqlo, demanding that the Japanese casual wear brand intervene in strike talks by one of its suppliers in southern China. About 20 protesters from the National Federation of Independent Trade Unions and other unions urged Uniqlo to act more responsibly with regard to the strikes in Shenzhen Artigas Clothing and Leatherware Factory under Lever Style Inc., one of Uniqlo's production partners. The factory, which supplies shirts to Fast Retailing Co., operator of the Uniqlo chain, is accused of "shutting down the facility in secret without giving notice," which led to a strike involving more than 900 factory workers. The action of the Taiwanese labor union was part of a global campaign involving roughly 100 labor groups seeking to put pressure on the clothing giant to support the workers in the dispute, according to a union spokesman.
Although Uniqlo has issued statements saying it has been pushing for talks between workers and management, the brand has not done anything to ease the workers' concerns, including whether they will get severance pay if the factory is closed, the spokesman said. Uniqlo needs to fulfill its corporate social responsibility and give an assurance that all the employees will get what they are entitled to, he added. Fast Retailing Co. said in a July 16 statement that "it has requested Lever Style to engage in dialogue with the striking workers, as well as continue with social security payments, maintain working conditions and ensure employment." The strikes, which began in June, were led by Lever Style's decision to relocate its workers to a new factory five kilometers away, whereupon the workers asked the company to terminate their contracts and pay them severance, the spokesman said. "Lever Style currently meets all of its legal obligations with respect to the payment of social security, overtime and unused paid holidays," Fast Retailing Co. cited Lever Style as saying. "However, since the new facility is in the same district as the current facility, there is no legal requirement for Lever Style to pay any compensation for workers who decline to continue with their employment contracts due to the relocation," it said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 13:30 GMT+08:00