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Companies reiterate concerns about violence in Cavite Export Processing Zone, Philippines

August 6, 2007

A growing number of US apparel companies are expressing their concern that there is a pattern of harassment and violence against workers, labour leaders and human rights promoters in the Philippines. A November 2006 letter signed by 7 US apparel companies and addressed to HE Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines, expressed their concern.

9 months later, the President has yet to respond. At MSN's request, those 7 major US apparel companies – along with one more major company – renewed their call for an investigation in an August 3, 2007 letter.

The letter called attention to "alleged attacks and death threats against striking workers at the Chong Won factory" and noted concern "that these alleged incidents appear to be part of a larger pattern of harassment and violence against workers, labour leaders and human rights promoters that could discourage companies from doing business with your country."

The signatories include:

  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Gap Inc.
  • Jones Apparel Group
  • Liz Claiborne Inc.
  • Phillips-Van Heusen
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • VF Corporation
  • Wal-Mart

Read the letter in PDF format.

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