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Hugo Boss Urged to Address Workers’ Rights Violations Claims

Workers organization, IndustriALL Global Union is calling on German luxury fashion brand, Hugo Boss to address workers’ rights violation claims at its Peruvian textile supplier.

In a letter to the brand’s CEO, Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, IndustriALL asked that the supplier, Topy Top, reinstate fired union workers and stop terminating short-term contracts of unionized employees.

According to the organization, the use of export sector short-term contracts by Peruvian textile and garment suppliers violates international labor standards and Hugo Boss’ code of conduct. It also makes it impossible for workers to organize and defend their rights.

“Topy Top is well known to us, as we have repeatedly dealt with violations at this company,” IndustriALL’s general secretary Jyrki Raina said. “It is a good example of the problems that arise from the abusive use of short-term contracts.”

The letter was sent as the retailer is planning to meet with Topy Top management at its headquarters in Germany.

IndustriALL said Topy Top dismissed SINTOTTSA union secretary Huber Amed Albujar, who is connected with the organization through the National Federation of Textile Workers of Peru (FNTTP), during negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement in April.

Albujar has spoken out regarding the exploitation of short-term contracts and has defended workers’ rights at the company.

The company also dismissed 12 union workers, five of whom were immune from dismissal.

IndustriALL and its affiliate FNTTP are joining forces to demand the reinstatement of Albujar as well as the other 12 union workers. This includes the five under judicial protection.

They are also asking Topy Top to find alternative measures before conducting layoffs in response to economic needs, full support for the freedom of association at its plants and that short-term contracts of union workers are not terminated.

FNTTP and its member unions have long been demanding that short-term contracts are made permanent, to align with Hugo Boss’ code of conduct.