Responses from UNIQLO and G2000 concerning workers’ strike in Artigas Factory

In response to the open letters from the General Secretary, Ms Lai-ha Cheung, of the Retail, Commerce and Clothing Industries General Unions on 15 January 2015, UNIQLO and G2000 has made their responses on 20 January and 18 January 2015 respectively. Both the company have acknowledged the problems stated by Ms Cheung in the letter seriously and have requested Artigas for an appropriate explanation and urged the factory to negotiate with the workers. G2000 also announced that they have stopped placing new orders in Artigas since early January 2015 until the dispute is resolved. The companies pay great attention to the creditability of their business partners and wish the labour dispute can be resolved as soon as possible. Full version of responses from UNIQLO and G2000 are enclosed below. 

Response from Fast Retailing Group (UNIQLO)

Response from G2000

A public statement on 18 January 2015.

Statement: Responses to labour dispute at our supplying factory

A labour dispute has taken place in one of our supplying factories. In early 

December 2014, workers staged a strike in Artigas Clothing & Leatherwear 

Co. Ltd, due to missing social security premiums and housing public 

accumulation fund in arrears. The labour dispute has not yet been resolved.

In early January 2015, G2000 has decided to immediately stop placing new 

orders in this supplier, until the case is resolved and a new decision will be 

made.

Our chairman Michael Tien has urged the factory to seek consensus with 

the workers’ representatives through negotiation. G2000 has always been 

concerned about our business partners’ credibility and wishes this case can 

be appropriately settled as soon as possible.

G2000

2015年1月18日發表公開聲明

《聲明》: 有關外判生產商廠房勞資糾紛回應

就本公司其中一個外判生產商廠房的勞資糾紛,有以下回應:

本公司產品供應商之一深圳市龍華新區的慶盛廠,由去年12月初發生工人罷工,

質疑廠方拖欠社保及住房公積金,至今勞資糾紛仍未完全解決。

本公司本月初已決定於勞資糾紛解決前,即時終止對該廠的新訂單,直至事件明

朗化,再作另行決定。

本公司主席田北辰已敦促廠方,透過與勞方代表談判尋求共識。本公司一直高度

關注商業夥伴的信譽,冀事件盡早獲得妥善解決。

G2000

Relevant background information for reading:

Letter Writing Campaign: calling UNIQLO and G2000 to urge Artigas to negotiate with workers equally: http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/press-release-and-statement-cn/letter-writing-campaign-calling-uniqlo-and-g2000-to-urge-artigas-to-negotiate-with-workers-equally

Missing social security and fund and housing provident fund lead to strike at Hong Kong-invested factory: http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/labour-news/missing-social-securit...http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/labour-news/missing-social-security-fund-and-housing-provident-fund-lead-to-strike-at-hong-kong-invested-factory

Violence against workers in Artigas Factory: http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/labour-news/violence-against-workers-in-artigas-factory

Urgent Appeal: Tell UNIQLO and G2000 stop using violence against workers in Artigas Factory: http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/press-release-and-statement-cn/urgent-appeal-tell-uniqlo-and-g2000-to-stop-using-violence-against-workers-in-artigas-factory

HK unions urged UNIQLO and G2000 stop the violent suppression on the Artigas Factory workers: http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/press-release-and-statement-cn/hk-unions-urged-uniqlo-and-g2000-stop-the-violent-suppression-on-the-artigas-factory-workers

CGT France Solidarity Letter with Artigas Workers: http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/press-release-and-statement-cn/cgt-france-solidarity-letter-with-artigas-workers

Response of UNIQLO about Artigas' strike: http://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/labour-news/response-of-uniqlo-about-artigas-strike