In yet another case of workers’ abuse, media reports claimed mistreatment of female workers working in a Bangladeshi RMG factory that produces for Canadian athleisure brand Lululemon, recently.
As per the report, the workers of the said factory reportedly alleged that they had to face abuse for various reasons. Factory workers who break any rules or leave earlier than expected are verbally abused by management and hit. Some said they had been made to work despite ill-health.
Some labourers reportedly claimed being underpaid and also being forced to work overtime to meet targets.
A male worker speaking to the Guardian reportedly claimed that sometimes the authorities beat male workers too. “I never got beaten myself but I have seen other people get beaten up,” reportedly claimed the worker.
It may be mentioned here that the Canadian brand allegedly had to face flak in 2013 for taking months to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord, which was formed after the infamous Rana Plaza tragedy that killed more than 1,130 people.
Lululemon, however, reportedly claimed that it has a strict code of practice, and does not tolerate any violations of this.