Take action for Sri Lankan workers in their urgent fight for justice
Will you write to the company chair of ATG Ceylon over their long list of workers’ rights violations?
In Sri Lanka, one of the world’s biggest garment producers, many of the factories producing garments destined for our high street shops are in fenced off free trade zones across the country.
The ongoing work of War on Want’s partner Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union (FTZ&GSEU) has been vital in raising awareness of workers’ rights, enabling them to come together and fight for better working conditions. Thanks to training, workers are now refusing to accept unsafe working conditions or abuse by their bosses.
Now we are asking our supporters to take urgent action in solidarity with members of FTZ&GSEU as they face intimidation, harassment, and unfair dismissals from bosses at ATG Ceylon at an industrial Gloves manufacturing factory.
ATG Ceylon has a long history of abuse against its employees including:
- Intimidating workers to resign from the Union
- refusing leave for branch leaders to hold meetings
- cases of suspensions and unfair dismissals
- refusing to follow agreed regulations for calculating pay, resulting in loss of pay for their workers
Following the most recent unlawful firing of 5 employees (all union members and leaders in their factory), over 500 workers are now on strike, and they urgently need your solidarity.
We hope you’ll join us and write to John Taylor, the company Chair of ATG Ceylon and a British national, and tell him to end the toxic culture of harassment and discrimination against ATG employees who are Union members.
ATG Ceylon Limited is a private company registered in Sri Lanka – though its Chairman is British - that makes specialist gloves. It is based in one of Sri Lanka’s shameful free trade zones.
War on Want’s partner FTZ&GSEU has had to take numerous cases to the Sri Lankan labour authorities over the years on poor practice such as extending night shifts without notice, reducing the number of workers in teams thus overloading workers, intimidating and punitive action against workers who complain about working conditions or join the Union.
As of today, the company has still not engaged with FTZ&GSEU as they demand better working conditions. We must pile the pressure on the company chairman and tell him to end this culture of harassment and intimidation.