COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on women garment workers, who have lost jobs and income. Workers are going hungry, skipping meals, and can’t feed their families. While big fashion brands continue to make huge profits during COVID-19, the women who make their clothes are wearing the cost. 80% or 35 million garment workers worldwide are women. When brands cancel or refuse to pay for orders, or pressure factories to give discounts, they are pushing the financial costs of this global pandemic onto women already living in poverty. Brands need to step up and support their workers through this crisis.
act!onaid is calling on the Just Group to step up and support the women who make their clothes through this crisis by:
- Publishing the names and locations of the factories that supply their clothes, so workers and labour rights organisations can directly raise working conditions and pay with the Just Group
- Paying for all orders during the pandemic
- Paying 10 cents more per garment into a crisis fund so garment workers have access to wages and benefits, including severance pay
- Protecting workers’ right to organise and bargain collectively.
You can support the work of act!onaid by signing a petition to demand that brands respect women’s rights and pay their workers. Click here to add your voice to this campaign.