Pay Your Workers

Garment workers have been left unpaid, jobless, or received only a percentage of their usual poverty wages after global fashion brands refused to pay for over $16 billion worth of goods. Now workers are owed at least $3.19 to $5.79 billion for the first three months of the pandemic alone. As the primary profit makers in the value chain, brands must take responsibility.

Millions of workers in the global garment supply chain have not been paid their full wages or have lost their jobs without adequate financial compensation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The people who make our clothes have been earning poverty wages for decades which have left them no savings to survive a crisis on. Garment workers and their families are now going to bed hungry with no hope for their future. We call upon ALL brands to take responsibility for the workers that make their clothes and ensure that workers are paid what they are owed.

Read more about how workers in global supply chains, especially those of H&M, Primark, and Nike, have been affected in the livelihood by the pandemic and join us in asking brands: Do you #PayYourWorkers?


What brands need to do:

Brands and retailers have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the workers in their supply chains are not paying the price for this pandemic. Agreeing to #PayUp for orders gives no guarantee that workers' owed wages will be paid. As the primary profit makers in the value chain, brands alone have the capacity to intervene. UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights clearly state the role and responsibilities of businesses in respect to the human rights of the people their business affects. Brands must ensure that the workers who made their clothes at the onset of the crisis are paid their legally owed wages and severance.

They can publicly show that they are committed to safeguarding the livelihood of their workers by publishing the wage assurance on their website. This means they commit to ensuring that their workers are paid what they are owed, both during the pandemic and beyond by joining a severance guarantee fund that will make sure workers are no longer left penniless if their factory goes bankrupt. 

What you can do? Read, share, and take action:

  • Read more about our research into the garment industry wage gap in our August report: "Un(der)paid in the pandemic." and visit our COVID-19 campaign page for more background on the situation.
  • Call upon brands to take responsibility for their supply chains by paying up on orders - #PayUp and ensure workers receive their full income - #PayYourWorkers.
  • Ask H&M, Nike, Primark or your favourite brand on social media: what are you doing to #PayYourWorkers?
  • Visit the Remake website to increase the pressure on brands. You can also find more petitions here.
  • Keep up to date on the consequences of the pandemic on workers in garment supply chains via our live-blog and spread these resources widely.
  • Keep posted! More action is coming from all across our network, we will not accept that workers are left unpaid!