Indiska slated for poor working conditions

Swedish clothing and interior design retailer Indiska has not done enough to ensure satisfactory working conditions for its suppliers' employees in India, according to a new report.

Human rights organisation Rena Kläder (Clean Clothes), said workers in factories used by Indiska do not have any union representation.

Indiska has profiled itself as an ethical company, and creating the opportunity for workers in India to join trade unions is a central tenet in the company’s code of conduct.

The author of the report, Mats Wingborg, claims that Indiska counteracts the creation of unions, refuses to pay more than the minimum wage, and conceals the identity of its suppliers.

None of the four factories that Wingborg studied contained unionised staff, and Indiska was did not cooperate with trade unions either centrally or at a local level.

“The problem is that the employees don’t know their rights,” said Indiska’s CEO Sofie Gunlof.

The chief executive points out that the company has contributed to the creation of workers’ committees, on which both workers and employers are represented. But these committees do not discuss wages, overtime or trade union rights, according to Rena Kläder.