25th October 2018
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A new report by the Workers’ Rights’ Consortium claimed on June 20 that Shahi Export in Bangalore, India, viciously attacked workers in April this year. Attacks included physical beatings and death threats. It believes that managers and supervisors of the factory:
Shahi supply Columbia Sportswear, Abercrombie & Fitch, Benetton and H&M at the Bangalore factory, and American Eagle, C&A, Children’s Place, Gap, Inditex (Zara), Marks & Spencer, Primark, Puma, PVH, Tesco, Uniqlo, VF and Walmart elsewhere in India.
A representative for H&M said on June 25 “We have an ongoing dialogue with the legal worker representatives which are supported by IndustriALL Global Union, as well as the supplier. We can assure you that we are extensively using our leverage.”
Colombia said in a statement “We have insisted that Shahi management take immediate action to address the situation, including: reinstate suspended workers, pay medical expenses of workers, return any personal property of workers, engage in constructive and meaningful engagement with the union, and discipline any employees that are found to have engaged in violence or acts of discrimination.”
There appears to have been no reaction from A&F or Benetton.
Shahi claims “Our People make the difference. We believe in corporate leadership, the success is responsibility with freedom to work is transferred to every individual with a collective teamwork”. It has manufacturing facilities in Delhi, Bangalore, Tirupur and Salem, and a womenswear division in Bangladesh.