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Weakening Legal Protections for Garment Workers in Asia

Published: May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021 Dear colleagues, Over the past year, the WRC has tracked a disturbing trend: as their populations faced the ravages of Covid, the governments of several garment-producing countries in Asia acted to strip away and undermine worker protections, a move often framed as a way to attract new investment. In Indonesia and India,…

Violet Apparel Co. Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The July 1, 2020, closure of Violet Apparel Co. Ltd. in Phnom Penh, Cambodia—a supplier to Matalan and Nike—left 1,284 workers unemployed. The factory deprived these workers of $1,800,829 in terminal compensation. Under Cambodian law, workers on permanent contracts, like those employed at Violet Apparel, must be given advance notice between one week and three…

Sangwoo (Cambodia) Co. Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…

Propitious (Cambodia) Garment Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…

New Best Global Textile Co. Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…

Hulu Garment Co. Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…

Hong Sen Textile

Published: April 6, 2021

Hong Sen Textile, a Next supplier factory in Takeo province, Cambodia, suspended operations in August 2020, when its owner fled the country. More than 900 workers were left without an estimated $497,644 in legally owed severance and other terminal compensation. Hong Sen workers took to the streets in protest. Nop Sokha, who worked at the…

Hana I Inc.

Published: April 6, 2021

On June 23, 2020, Hana I Inc. declared bankruptcy and announced it would close, claiming financial losses due to the pandemic. Nine months later, the 774 workers it fired have only received $65,000, which included payment for unused annual leave and a portion of the money the factory owes them for its failure provide advance…

Gladpeer Garments Factory Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…