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ITGLWF (International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation)

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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