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Workers at Canadian Tire factories overseas paid poverty wages, labour groups allege

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Canadian labor groups have filed complaints with the Federal Business Oversight Agency, alleging that Canadian Tire failed to ensure workers at supplier factories in South Asia were being paid a living wage.

The Canadian Labor Congress and the National Steelworkers Union filed a complaint Monday with the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business.

Workers in garment factories in Bangladesh that supply Canadian Tire subsidiary Marks with clothing sold under brands such as Wind River, Denver Hayes, Dakota and Helly Hansen are paid poverty-level wages. They claim that

Kalpona Akhtar, executive director of the Bangladesh Workers’ Solidarity Center, said workers struggle to support their families despite living in overcrowded housing and working 12 hours a day, six days a week. says.

She says the wages of garment workers are so low that they cannot escape poverty and live “one step away from extreme poverty.”

Canadian Tire says its suppliers strive to comply with all local laws, including liability.

“As part of our efforts to ensure compliance, [Canadian Tire] We regularly track wage rates and work with trusted third parties to audit the factories that produce our own branded products.”

Marty Warren, Canada’s representative to the United Steelworkers of America, alleges that Canadian Tire suppliers violate international human rights standards.

“Women and men employed in garment factories in Bangladesh, such as those used by Marks and Canadian Tire, live in poverty,” he told a news conference.

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