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In the face of the current wave of Covid-19 infections hitting garment producing countries in South Asia, the organisations of the Clean Clothes Campaign network are calling upon apparel companies to take action to mitigate the pandemic’s devastating effect on workers. Furthermore, they urge governments to do all in their power to keep workers safe.
The global supply chains of international brands and retailers are spread across low-and-middle-income countries including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Central America and Mexico, and employs at least an estimated 35 million workers. Since the onset of Covid-19, the garment and textile industry, and especially its poor workers have suffered huge losses.
On 15 May 2013, only weeks after the Rana Plaza collapse killed at least 1,134 people, brands and retailers signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh with unions. This groundbreaking legally-binding agreement is expiring on 31 May, two weeks from now, just after the eighth anniversary of its programme that has made 1,600 factories safer for over two million garment workers.
This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.