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Date updated : 27-Nov-2018

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Global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle is attacking rights in Bangladesh

Dutch-based confectioner Perfetti Van Melle, makers of Mentos, Chupa Chups and Alpenliebe among other global brands, doesn't believe workers in Bangladesh have the right to form a union, and is aggressively attacking workers attempting to form one.

After a large majority of workers at the company's plant in Gazipur formed the Perfetti Van Melle BD Pvt. Ltd. Employees' Union and applied for legal registration of their organization on November 11, workers were told by management to withdraw the application. Union officers were rescheduled and denied access to the plant. And the company is visiting workers in their homes pressuring them to withdraw their union membership and to sign a form stating they were forced to join the union, a common tactic used by employers in South Asia seeking to claim that the union has no real members.

The union has responded that workers have a legal and constitutional right to form a union, and that it is an internationally recognized human right.

Perfetti Van Melle apparently doesn't believe that such a right exists. Informed of these gross rights violations by the IUF, the company responded that "I can assure you that based on our company values we will follow due process and engage with our employees according to local law." This "due process" shows complete disregard for international standards and human rights due diligence, allowing global management to ignore the situation and local management to escalate the attack on rights by forcing workers to sign false statements to resign from the union under threat of termination.

Please use the form below to send a message to Perfetti Van Melle management calling on the company to ensure that management in Bangladesh fully respects trade union rights, stops interfering with trade union registration and victimizing union officers and engages in good faith negotiations with the workers' trade union representatives NOW.

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To Sameer Suneja, Perfetti Van Melle CEO
Cc Perfetti Van Melle Compliance Office

Dear Mr Suneja

I am outraged to learn that Perfetti Van Melle management in Bangladesh is attacking the right of workers at your Gazipur plant to form a union. Since workers applied to legally register their organization on November 11, management has pressured them to withdraw their membership, visited workers in their homes and urged them to sign false statements saying they were forced to join. Union officers have had their work schedules altered to hinder them from exercising the roles to which they were elected. These actions are gross violations of internationally-recognized human rights standards.

I urge you to act immediately to ensure that management in Bangladesh fully respects trade union rights, ceases its pressure on members, stops interfering with trade union registration and victimizing union officers and engages in good faith negotiations with the workers' trade union representatives NOW.

Yours sincerely,

If you wish to send your own message and not use this text, please open your email client and paste these addresses into the To field:
sameer.suneja@nl.pvmgrp.com
complianceoffice@nl.pvmgrp.com



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