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Southern Apparel Contractors (Tegra Global)

Published: March 14, 2023

In 2022, the WRC found violations of freedom of association at Southern Apparel Contractors, a factory in Honduras owned by the US company, Tegra Global. In April 2022, a national transportation shutdown resulted in the factory requiring its employees to “repay” a day of lost wages, which was in violation of the collective bargaining agreement…

University-Driven Russell Pact Sparked Huge Progress for Honduran Workers

Published: June 17, 2022

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur and Scott Nova Date: June 17, 2022 Re: University-Driven Russell Pact Sparked Huge Progress for Honduran Workers A new report from Penn State documents sweeping progress for workers sparked by the positive resolution of university code violations at Russell Athletic. The report, authored by Mark Anner,…

The Unequal Impacts of Covid-19 on Global Garment Supply Chains

Published: June 21, 2021

This report documents deteriorating living and working conditions for workers in garment supply chains, including a surge in vulnerability to forced labour, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

We find that garment workers’ labour and living conditions have severely worsened during the pandemic and workers are experiencing severe economic hardship and labour abuse. Across all four of our case study countries, workers have experienced sharp declines in earnings and working conditions, including increased vulnerability to key indicators of forced labour. These dynamics are evident for workers who have remained in the same jobs with no change in their employment status, as well for those who have had their contracts terminated amidst the pandemic and found new jobs; which have often involved worse working conditions and lower pay compared to their pre-pandemic employment. These patterns varied across case study country; individual level factors such as age, gender, race and ethnicity, union affiliation, migration and employment status; and commercial dynamics in supply chains.