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8 Aug 2020

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Clean Clothes Campaign

Clean Clothes Campaign report estimates garment workers lost up to 5.79 billion USD in wages in March-May 2020

“Un(der)paid in the pandemic. An estimate of what the garment industry owes its workers”, 08 August 2020

The report “Un(der)paid in the pandemic” analyses nonpayment of wages to garment workers … resulting from order cancellations by apparel brands, unpaid leave, and state-sanctioned wage cuts during the Covid-19 crisis… [W]e estimate that across South and Southeast Asia garment workers have received 38% less than their regular income … a conservative guess of wages lost by garment workers worldwide … would amount to between 3.19 and 5.79 billion USD.

Khalid Mahmood, of Labour Education Foundation in Pakistan, says: "Many workers in the garment and textile industry have not been paid or have been underpaid because of order cancellations and Covid-19 lockdowns…”

Clean Clothes Campaign calls on apparel brands, retailers, and etailers to take responsibility to ensure that all workers in their supply chains receive the full wages they are owed in accordance to labour law and/or international standards by publicly committing to a wage assurance…

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