Kalpona Akter was recently arrested in New Jersey and detained for a couple of hours. She was accused of trespassing while attempting to deliver a letter to the CEO of US retailer The Children’s Place. Kalpona is a labour organizer from Bangladesh. I met her last year, when she was campaigning in Sydney; she is passionate but soft spoken, articulate and very brave: labour organizers get killed in her home country on way too a regular basis.
The Children’s Place supplier code of conduct states:
7. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
Suppliers will respect the rights of workers to associate, organize and bargain collectively, in a lawful, respectful and peaceful manner, without penalty or interference, and in accordance with the law and international labor standards.
Where freedom of association is restricted by law, workers shall be free to develop parallel means for independent and free association and collective bargaining.
WHO ARE THESE HYPOCRITES?
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