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Fired, Then Robbed: Fashion brands’ complicity in wage theft during Covid-19

Published: April 6, 2021

Tens of thousands of garment workers at factories producing for leading fashion brands, who were fired during the Covid-19 pandemic, are being denied terminal compensation, in violation of the law and the labor rights obligations of the brands and retailers whose clothes they sewed. This research report exposes severance pay theft at dozens of factories, all named in the report, where workers were robbed of an average of more than a thousand dollars (US) per person.

The WRC’s data represent a modest fraction of the factory closures in the industry, indicating that the severance theft the report reveals is the tip of the iceberg. The WRC estimates that the millions of garment workers terminated globally during the pandemic have been robbed of more than half a billion dollars in earnings since the pandemic’s outset.

Garment workers are starving

Published: December 7, 2020

Global Survey: Garment Workers Report Widespread Hunger during Covid-19

Published: December 3, 2020

Global Survey: Garment Workers Report Widespread Hunger during Covid-19 Leading apparel brands urged to avert destitution for workers who sew their clothes As a result of falling income and job loss amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, garment workers across the supply chains of major brands and retailers report growing hunger and food insecurity. These are the…

Hunger in the Apparel Supply Chain

Published: December 3, 2020

This research report presents new data about how garment workers’ food security—and linked dynamics of employment status and income—has deteriorated amidst the pandemic. Our data reveal an alarming pattern: garment workers’ declining incomes are leading to widespread hunger among workers and their families, as they are increasingly unable
to obtain adequate food and nutrition. These dynamics are a direct result of apparel brands’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the long-term trend of low wages for garment workers in brands’ supply chains, which has left workers unprotected.

Hambre en la cadena de suministro de la industria de la confección

Published: December 3, 2020

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Leveraging Desperation: Apparel Brands’ Purchasing Practices during Covid-19

Published: October 16, 2020

A July – August survey of 75 garment suppliers in 15 countries reveals shocking changes in brands’ pricing and purchasing practices on new orders. The report finds that brands are using suppliers’ pandemic-driven desperation as leverage to drive down prices and impose onerous payment schedules on new orders they are placing. Many suppliers are being forced to accept orders below cost, potentially forcing them out of business and putting workers’ livelihoods at risk.