The Jordanian flag flies above the capital, Amman, outside which W&D Apparel is located.
November 17, 2008: Things are moving rapidly as the latest labor-management struggle unfolds at the W&D Apparel factory in Jordan. Tran Viet Tu, the Vietnamese vice consul general in Cairo, arrived in Amman on Sunday, November 9 along with a representative of COALIMEX, one of the three labor export companies that sent 261 Vietnamese workers to W&D.
Of those 261 workers, over 100 returned home earlier this year with the help of BPSOS, diplomats, the Jordanian government, and labor, diplomatic, religious, and human rights leaders from around the world. All 105 remaining Vietnamese workers have been held captive and incommunicado by their employer.
Unsurprisingly, the team of the Vietnamese vice consul and the labor export firm rep failed to resolve the situation, if indeed that was even their intent. Over 30 workers are still insisting that they be given the right to return home, and a score have escaped the company compound and its prison-like conditions.
BPSOS is pushing the Vietnamese government to help resolve this situation and get all the workers home. We’ll keep you posted on the details as they stream out of Jordan. In the meantime, you can help put pressure on W&D to do the right thing by writing a letter to one of their major customers, Aramark.