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The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) was founded in 2007 as an Asian labour-led global labour and social alliance across garment producing countries (such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and consumer regions (USA and Europe) for addressing poverty level wages, gender discrimination, and freedom of association in global garment production networks.

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Fear of hunger and uncertainty ahead has forced many from the Musahari community in Bihar to roam on the streets and seek help from people for food as well to collect dry bamboo, tree branches and waste woods for use as cooking fuel.


Cambodian PM Hun Sen has just announced that suspended garment workers will receive ONLY $70 per month (instead of $120 pm). The govt will pay $40 to all workers and the factory management will pay $30.


While Bangladeshi suppliers are struggling as many brands cancelled orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some brands are asking for discounts of up to 30% on previously placed orders & have said they will take 30-40 days more than usual to pay suppliers.

Gap Inc has paused all production for Summar & Fall items and has asked suppliers not to ship products already completed unless they are for the company’s online platform, leaving its manufacturers and supply chain workers in deep crisis.


GMAC says that 80% of buyers, including those from the US, Europe, & Canada have postponed purchases from Cambodian suppliers from mid-April to May end. They demand a review of the govt policy that demands that employers pay 40% wages during the lockdown.


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