The Toronto-based Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) has filed a formal complaint with the US-based Fair Labor Association (FLA) over Gildan Activewear's labour practices in Honduras.

The complaint, which is being supported by the Canadian Labour Congress and
the Independent Federation of Honduran Workers (FITH), alleges that 39 workers at Gildan Activewear's  El Progreso factory in Honduras were fired in October and November of this year for attempts at organising a union.

According to MSN coordinator, Lynda Yanz, the Honduran Independent Monitoring Team (EMIH) says a further 70 workers were dismissed in November 2002, and March, April and July of 2003 for similar activities.

According to Yanz, management at Gildan's El Progreso plant may have a policy of firing entire work teams if any members are suspected of being involved in a union
organising attempt.

Recently, the New York-based National Labor Committee (NLC) released a
report alleging serious worker rights violations, including the firing of union supporters, at the AAA Gildan contract factory in Honduras.

MSN wants the Fair Labor Association to launch an independent investigation into the allegations.