Posted by: BPSOS | April 7, 2008

Key Reports & Briefs: Progress Towards Victory: All But 10 Workers Repatriated to Vietnam

Workers awaiting repatriation to Vietnam.

April 7, 2008: Ten young Vietnamese women from among the strikers at W&D Apparel in Jordan remain in limbo as of Monday the 7th. The women had at first decided to try to return to work, but have since asked to be repatriated.

While BPSOS remains concerned about the fate of these Vietnamese workers, it appears that international pressure placed on W&D Apparel at the instigation of Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, BPSOS executive director, has paid off. Working with the State Department, members of the US Congress, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), among other allies, BPSOS has succeeded in the past several weeks in helping the other workers attain their wish of repatriation.

That is not to speak, of course, of the difference you have made by writing to W&D customers to ask them to investigate the beatings, wage withholding, and other scandals taking place at the factory. Thank you for helping these Vietnamese workers!

While information has been difficult to get, it appears that the repatriation has taken place as follows: March 15: 5 workers; March 26, 53 workers; March 27, 9 workers; March 28, 18 workers; March 29, 30 workers; March 30, roughly 40 workers.

Until a just solution is reached for all the strikers, BPSOS will continue to put pressure on W&D and ask its customers to look into the situation.


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