• Mon. May 10th, 2021

NEXT Recognises Trade Union at its Plant in Sri Lanka

The British multinational clothing, footwear, and home products retailer, NEXT agreed to recognize the newly formed branch of Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZ & GSEU) at its plant (Next Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd) located in Katunayke. 

In January this year (2021), following a successful action to win back unpaid bonuses, workers at a Next Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd) (NML) owned by NEXT formed the new branch of the FTZ&GSEU trade union.

Workers have been reporting intimidation, threats, and discrimination at the Plant and nearly half the workers joined the trade union.

In a letter, NEXT’s Managamnet announced that a process of registration of the workers who have joined FTZ&GSEU Trade Union would be taking place, followed by an offsite meeting that will be arranged between the representatives of the FTZ&GSEU Trade Union and the local NML management

In December Last year (2020), before the trade union branch was set up, the workers walked out over unpaid bonuses – money workers rely on as their poverty wages are not enough to survive on. As a result of this collective action, Next agreed to pay up.

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