Solidarity Actions Needed! Tell U.S. Company, Delta Apparel to Give 25 Injured Honduran Workers Their Jobs Back!

The Honduran Women’s Collective is asking for letters, calls, tweets, and facebook messages, be sent to Delta Apparel to insist that they give 25 fired workers, their jobs back. See action and info below. Sample letter below.

Between April 5-7, 2017, U.S.-based company, Delta Apparel fired over 40 workers that suffer from musculoskeletal injuries, from their factory in Villanueva, Cortés, Honduras. Most have worked with the company for over 10 years. 25 of the 40 workers have refused to accept any settlements, and are demanding that Delta Apparel give them their jobs back.

Without their jobs, the injured workers cannot access needed medical benefits and treatments, including operations, medicines, and rehab. Since they were fired, CODEMUH and the workers have organized protests and gatherings outside of Delta’s factory.  Let’s make Delta Apparel listen to them!

The 25 workers – 22 women and three men – have received medical diagnoses that demonstrate that the injuries they suffer from, have been largely caused by the repetitive assembly line work in the factories. The diagnoses of work-related injuries requires Delta to relocate workers inside the factory in order to reduce the risk factors that caused the injuries in the first place. Delta refused to do this, and instead fired the workers, using their injuries and diagnoses as the justification! This is in clear violation of Honduran law, which is already weakly enforced given the power of foreign companies, and the high rates of impunity and corruption in the Honduran government.

The Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) and 25 recently fired employees are requesting that international organizations and individuals, send letters, email, call, tweet and Facebook, the U.S.-based company, Delta Apparel.  Delta Apparel’s headquarters is in Greenville, South Carolina, and is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Call, tweet, facebook, and write Delta Apparel and demand:

  1. That Delta Apparently reinstate the 25 fired workers, without conditions and without delay.
  2. That the company abide by Honduran law, and relocate the 25 workers to positions in the factories that do not expose them to the risk factors that caused their injuries in the first place.

CONTACT INFO:

Delta Apparel, Corporate Headquarters:

322 South Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601,

Tel: 864-232-5200

Email: investor.relations@deltaapparel.com

Twitter: @DeltaApparel

Facebook: Delta Apparel

Write the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa (SmithJA6@state.gov) and insist that they follow-up with Delta Apparel and the Honduran government to ensure the workers’ voices are heard.

In all communications, please send a copy to CODEMUH at mujeresfem@codemuh.hn. Also demonstrate your solidarity for the workers on CODEMUH’s facebook (Codemuh Codemuh)

__________________

SAMPLE LETTER

Delta Apparel

Corporate Headquarters:

322 South Main Street

Greenville, South Carolina 29601

Tel: 864-232-5200

Email: investor.relations@deltaapparel.com

Twitter: @DeltaApparel

Facebook: Delta Apparel

May 8, 2017

Dear CEO and President Robert W. Humphreys,

It has come to our attention that Delta Apparel fired over 40 Honduran employees in early April 2017 from their Delta Apparel Honduras factory in Villanueva, Cortes. Of the 40 fired employees, 25 workers – 22 women and 3 men – are demanding that Delta Apparel give them their jobs back. All 25 workers are injured with work-related injuries like musculoskeletal disorders, as diagnosed by the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS), Without their jobs, they cannot access the expensive and specialized medical treatment they need for their injuries.

Delta Apparel knows that these workers are injured and simply wants to rid itself of a problem that the conditions in their own factory created! Delta justified firing the workers because of the diagnoses that the workers have been given by the IHSS, that legally requires the company to relocate them inside the factory in order to reduce the physical stress and risk factors that caused their injuries in the first place. Delta Apparel refuses to do this. Instead, Delta has refused in various hearings held by the Honduran Ministry of Labor to give the 25 workers their jobs back. The Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) have been organizing protests, gatherings, and providing legal support for the fired workers. We demand that their voices be heard!

All fired employees have worked with the company for between 10-19 years, and all require immediate and specialized medical assistance as a result of the injuries they have developed on Delta’s assembly lines. The 25 employees want their jobs back in order to have medical coverage in the Social Security Institute.

We demand that Delta Apparel abide by Honduran law and act as a “socially responsible” company as it claims to be! Give the 25 workers their jobs back, without delay or conditions and relocate them inside the factory so they are no longer at risk of further injury!

Sincerely,

Your Name

Cc: Jason Smith, Human Rights and Labor Representative, US Embassy in Tegucigalpa; SmithJA6@state.gov; CODEMUH, mujeresfem@codemuh.hn; Honduras Solidarity Network, honsolnetwork@gmail.com;

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