Swan Garments and Swan Jeans are two average garment factories in Uttara just north of Dhaka's International Airport. In April 2015, the owner attempted to flee Bangladesh having not paid workers for months. Since then, the factories have shut but the workers remain unpaid.
Swan Garments, an Accord listed factory, still gloats on its website its high profile buyers including Aldi, Footlocker, Walmart and others. Curiously, the Alliance doesn't list the Swan factories despite Swan saying it does work for Walmart.
Swan Garments has had controversy before. Workers were injured in a factory fire in November 2012.
Workers have confirmed the L & D labels on Aldi clothing sold in Australian stores are the same as the labels they have been sewing for Aldi over the last few years.
ABSN has confirmed the Swan Group was sub-contracting Aldi work from Trouser World - a large popular manufacturer in Gazipur, Dhaka. This type of sub-contracting is what Western buyers used to shield themselves from the responsibility of mass-murders such as Tazreen Fashions and Rana Plaza. We must all ensure Aldi takes full responsibility for its entire global supply chain.
Thank you to all those who participated in the ABSN protest at Aldi's store at 501 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Photos and more information is here:
Find a good quick summary of the Swan situation here:
And information about the early stages of the worker sit-in protest are here: