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ITGLWF (International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation)

The ITGLWF is an International Trade Secretariat bringing together 217 affiliated organisations in 110 countries.

The aims of the ITGLWF are to :
- draw up policy guidelines on important issues for unions in the sectors and coordinate the activities of affiliates around the world ;
- act as a clearing house for information of relevance to the daily work of unions in the sector ;
- undertake solidarity action in support of unions in the sector whose trade union rights are being denied ;
- run a programme of education and development aid to assist unions in developing countries in organising workers and educating their members to play an active role in their union ;
- lobby intergovernmental organisations and other relevant institutions to ensure that the interests of workers in the sectors are taken into account in decisions made at international level.

Adress : 8 rue Joseph Stevens, 1000 Brussels, BELGIUM Tel. : +32 (0) 2 512.26.06 / +32 (0) 2 512.28.33 Fax : +32 (0) 2 511.09.04 Email : office (at) Site :

Prada and Mulberry dubbed ‘see no evil, hear no evil’ twins of high fashion (...)

High fashion brands Prada and Mulberry are today accused of ignoring labour rights abuses in the production of their high cost merchandise by Turkish supplier Desa, where scores of workers have been fired for seeking improvements in working conditions. Incensed after their employees - fed up with abusive conditions - turned to the Turkish leather workers’ union, Deri-is, for assistance, Desa declared war on the union and its members, began firing suspected union sympathisers and intimidated many others into resigning their membership.
In a closed-door meeting taped by union members, Desa General Manager, Burak Celet warned workers, “Don’t destroy your livelihood! Let me tell you what will happen: Some of you, unfortunately, will be out of a job. Even if all the 701 workers in the factory, including myself join the union I will never accept it. Know this well: This is a 35-year old firm. There has never been a trade union here and there never will be!” He went on to threaten closure of the factory and urged workers to abandon the union promising to pay their costs of resignation.  read

date of on-line publication : 21 November 2008

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