Hugo Boss criticised over workers' rights
Garment workers at Hugo Boss's factory in Izmir, Turkey face severe reprisals, punishment, and even dismissals for trying to join a union, according to campaign group Sum Of Us.
Campaigners and unions say that last month Hugo Boss fired three union organizers without cause and has engaged in union-busting tactics, including illegally firing 20 trade union supporters between 2011 and 2014.
Despite a ruling by the Turkish Federal Court, Hugo Boss still refused to take back the employees.
Brands rarely own the factories where their garments are made but Hugo Boss owns this one, and it's the largest garment factory in the country.
Campaigners say that Hugo Boss could improve conditions in the Izmir factory in an instant, and could set an industry standard for labour relations in the country.
It is not the first time the company has been criticised for the poor conditions in its Turkish supply chain.
Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) published research in June 2014 which provided damning evidence that workers making Hugo Boss clothes are paid far less than a minimum living wage.
In fact, the research shows, the vast majority of workers producing for Hugo Boss in Turkey earn less than the poverty threshold.
Sum Of Us have started a petition to get Hugo Boss to pay and living wage and respect labour rights.
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