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Apparel supplier will not drop cases against CCC, ICN

MUMBAI: The Indian apparel supplier to global brands like Gsar and Mexx, Fibres and Fabrics International Limited (FFI) is in no frame of mind to drop legal cases against a Dutch NGO that accused its subsidiary Jeans Knit of having poor workplace conditions, FFI Director (Manufacturing) Mohammed Ghiase said.

He clarified that the move not to drop the cases against Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) comes in wake of G-star deciding that it would stop sourcing its material from FFI.

FFI claimed that pressure was being mounted on various fronts, including from its key client G-star, to withdraw the cases of defamation filed by FFI and that it had perhaps would have no option but to withdraw the cases. The decision to stop souring from us by G-star has been a very unfortunate situation as this would cause social and economic harm to both companies and countries, he added further.

The democratic right to seek justice is being used as the last resort and so the board of directors of FFI and JKPL decided to conclusive continue legal cases", he said.

However, the present situation of the Dutch Government would yield positive results. The court has issued international arrest warrants on 8th December, against eight Dutch nationals, including the activitsts of CCI and ICN, acting on a suit filed by FFI.

Earlier in 2005, CCN and ICN had launched a campaign against alleged labour rights violation at FFI and its wholly owned subsidiary Jeans Knit Private Limited (JKPL).

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Landelijke India Werkgroep - December 12, 2007