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Victoria’s Secret agrees to finance $8.3 million settlement for laid-off Thai workers

BANGKOK, Could 27 (Reuters) – Thai personnel who had been sacked past yr from a manufacturing facility providing worldwide lingerie manufacturers like Victoria’s Solution will acquire $8.3 million, in what labour activists say is the major settlement of its sort in the international garment sector.

About 1,200 employees were being laid off with out severance pay back and wages owed to them by Outstanding Alliance Thai International Co Ltd (BAT) following it went bankrupt and shut down its factory in Samut Prakan province in March 2021.

The incident was a person of “hundreds of cases of wage theft” that labour activists say took spot in the garment market throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The settlement, financed by Victoria’s Solution in a personal loan arrangement with BAT’s operator, could established a precedent for world wide brand names to improved protect the rights of personnel in their source chains, according to Scott Nova, Govt Director of the Worker Legal rights Consortium, an worldwide labour advocacy team.

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“International models will need to realise that they are not passive traders, but development-setters in location labour criteria,” reported David Welsh, the Thailand director for the Solidarity Centre, a U.S.-based workers rights’ advocacy team.

Much more than a year just after BAT and its Hong Kong-based proprietor Clover Team refused to pay the laid-off Thai workers, Victoria’s Secret & Co (VSCO.N)said this 7 days in an emailed statement. It will extend a bank loan to the entrepreneurs of Clover to finance the settlement.

It was unclear how substantially of the settlement Victoria’s Magic formula would protect, saying in the statement that BAT’s proprietor were not “in a situation to conclude this make a difference on their individual” so the enterprise “agreed to advance the severance money to manufacturing facility owners,” devoid of revealing the amount.

A Thai labour ministry doc found by Reuters showed the whole payment to the workers which include relevant fees was in a total of 285.2 million baht ($8.36 million).

Clover had initially explained the workers ought to concur to hold out 10 many years to be paid out in full.

Emily Lau, an government of Clover and a board member of the bankrupt BAT said on Friday the payment will be built with “the particular sources of homeowners, Angie and Emily Lau” but did not point out the personal loan from Victoria’s Top secret.

($1 = 34.1500 baht)

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Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat Editing by Kanupriya and Nick Zieminski

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