FRUIT OF THE LOOM Wednesday, January 24 2001 The Chicago-based clothing multinational, Fruit of the Loom, is today accused of behaving disgracefully in its treatment of workers in three continents and its CEO, Dennis Brookshester, has been urged to call a halt to the company's latest union-busting campaign at its Moroccan production plant near the country's capital, Rabat. The problems in Morocco follow a long history of virulant anti-union activity by the company in the United States and its mass dismissal of workers in Ireland.
Condemning the company's activities in the Americas, Europe and Africa, the Brussels-based International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) is now demanding that the company immediately clean up its act and respect international labour standards.
July 29, 2003 Fruit of the Loom of Texas, Inc. will close its Harlingen plant at year's end, eliminating 791 jobs and erasing the last of the region's textile industry, officials said Tuesday. A number of U.S. textile companies including Fruit of the Loom Ltd., Pillowtex Corp., Burlington Industries Inc. and Malden Mills Industries Inc. have filed for bankruptcy in recent years. Fruit of the Loom has since been acquired by Warren Buffett�'s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.