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C&A accused of worker rights violations


A group of workers’ rights organizations has accused fashion titan C&A of violating workers rights at one its supplier factories in Myanmar. Workers at the retailer’s Taiwanese Roo Hsing factory have been at loggerheads with their bosses since 2018 after an underhand attempt to implement a bonus system was caught out as a ruse to keep wages low.

C&A is a major buyer from the Taiwanese-owned Roo Hsing factory. The site’s bosses have seemingly looked to quash workers’ attempts to earn even just the country’s minimum wage, which was set at $3.30 in 2018, and will be the subject of new negotiations post COVID-19 as the wage is updated every two years. After years of grappling between the two parties, Clean Clothes Campaign Netherlands (SKC), Action Labor Rights (ALR) and SOMO are now urging C&A to address the supply chain violations.