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It’s been nearly three years since the pandemic, and millions of Asian garment workers — a majority of whom are women — producing for Big Fashion companies, have still not been paid the wages that they were owed during the COVID-19 pandemic after brands such as Nike, Levi’s and VF Corp canceled or drastically reduced orders en masse (as detailed in our Money Heist report).

In the meantime, these companies continue to report record revenue growth and profits, making their highest profits in over a decade as of 2021 — with their investors acquiring tremendous wealth through stock buybacks. The Nike-owning Knight family (the 25th wealthiest family in the world) paid themselves $74 million in dividends.

On 27th February 2023, Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), Global Labor Justice – International Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) and 20 garment worker unions from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – released a new report detailing how the wage theft of Asian garment workers directly led to high corporate profits for global fashion brands.

Follow the Fight the Heist campaign here – including our demands, report ‘Big Fashion & Wall Street Cash In on Wage Theft,’ the  Fact Sheet on our OECD complaint against Nike, recent press and videos.


Garment worker union leaders from six Asian countries explain why we have launched the #FightTheHeist campaign!

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  1. Garments Workers’ Unity League (GSUL), Bangladesh
  2. Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS), Bangladesh
  3. Textile Garments Workers Federation (TGWF), Bangladesh
  4. Bangladesh Garment & Sweaters Workers Trade Union Center (GSWTUC), Bangladesh
  5. Green Bangla Garments Workers Federation (GBGWF), Bangladesh
  6. Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers’ Federation (BGSSF), Bangladesh
  7. Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU), Cambodia
  8. Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights (CENTRAL), Cambodia
  9. Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), Cambodia
  10. Federation of Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC), Cambodia
  11. Federation Union of Free and Independent (FUFI), Cambodia
  12. Independent Trade Union Federation (INTUFE), Cambodia
  13. Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW), Cambodia
  14. Independent Labor Union Coalition (ILUC), Cambodia
  15. Confederation of Cambodian Worker-Movement (CCW), Cambodia
  16. Cambodia Independent Trade Union Federation (CITUFED), Cambodia
  17. Cividep, India
  18. Foundation for Educational Innovation in Asia (FEDINA), India
  19. Garment Labour Union (GLU), India
  20. Garment and Allied Workers Union (GAWU), India
  21. Hosiery Workers Unity Centre (HWUC), India
  22. Karnataka Garment Workers Union (KOOGU), India
  23. Mill Mazdoor Panchayat (MMP), India
  24. Munnade, India
  25. Society for Labour and Development (SLD), India
  26. Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU), India
  27. Federasi Serikat Buruh Garmen, Kerajinan, Tekstil, Kulit dan SentraIndustri (FSB Garteks), Indonesia
  28. Federasi Serikat Buruh Indonesia (FSBI), Indonesia
  29. Gabungan Serikat Buruh Indonesia (GSBI), Indonesia
  30. Lembaga Informasi Perburuhan Sedane (LIPS), Indonesia
  31. Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (SBSI) 1992, Indonesia
  32. Serikat Pekerja Nasional (SPN), Indonesia
  33. Trade Union Rights Center (TURC), Indonesia
  34. Muttahida Labor Federation (MLF), Pakistan
  35. Pakistan Textile Workers Federation, Pakistan
  36. Textile Power Loom and Garment Workers’ Federation, Pakistan
  37. Labour Education Foundation (LEF), Pakistan
  38. Pakistan Institute for Labour Education & Research (PILER), Pakistan
  39. Pakistan Textile Garment Leather Workers’ Federation, Pakistan
  40. HomeNet Pakistan
  41. Ceylon Merchantile Union (CMU), Sri Lanka
  42. Dabindu Collective Union, Sri Lanka
  43. National Union of Seafarers Sri Lanka (NUSS), Sri Lanka
  44. Revolutionary Existence for Human Development (RED), Sri Lanka
  45. Stand Up Movement Lanka, Sri Lanka
  46. Textile Garment and Clothing Workers Union (TGCWU), Sri Lanka
  47. United Labour Federation (ULF), Sri Lanka
  48. Shramabhimani Kendraya, Sri Lanka
  49. SAFE organization, Sri Lanka
  50. Save a Life organization, Sri Lanka
  51. Labour Justice and Research Limited, Sri Lanka
  52. Red Flag Movement, Sri Lanka
  53. Commercial Industrial Workers Union (CIWU), Sri Lanka
  54. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Thailand
  55. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific), Malaysia
  56. Focus on the Global South

Take Action

Twenty garment worker trade unions, AFWA and GLJ-ILRF, along with their allies, have come together in a global campaign to #FightTheHeist. They will take collective actions in their factories while engaging with the OECD to demand the world’s wealthiest fashion companies respect the basic human rights of their workers.

Take a minute to tell Nike, Levi’s and VF Corp to pay back the stolen wages to garment workers in their supply chains.


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Foreign Policy in Focus (27 February 2023)

Garment Workers take on Wage Theft and Wall Street

A new international campaign is targeting fashion brands like Nike that are spending vast sums on stock buybacks instead of compensating workers for lost pandemic wages. (27 February 2023)

Garment Workers Take on Wage Theft and Wall Street

A new international campaign is targeting fashion brands like Nike that are spending vast sums on stock buybacks instead of compensating workers for lost pandemic wages.

Ecotextile News (28 February 2023)

Campaign against ‘Wage Theft’ is Launched

Trade unions and workers’ rights campaigners have launched a new campaign accusing US fashion giants Nike, VF Corp and Levi’s and their investors of profiting through ‘wage theft’ from garment workers in their supply chains.

Peoples Dispatch (28 February 2023)

Pandemic recovery for whom? Global South garment workers face wage theft as companies rake in profits

Garment workers in Asia have lost out on millions of dollars in wages since 2020, even as ‘Big Fashion’ corporations including Nike are raking in mega-profits for their owners and Wall Street, a new report has found. Trade unions have launched the #FightTheHeist campaign to resist this.


Jurnal Suryeang Pikiran Rakyat (1 March 2023)


SPN Represents Indonesian Garment Workers in Campaign Against Wage Theft, Mass Layoffs (Bahasa)

Indonesian trade union leader, Iwan Kusmawan, urges unions around the world to take up wage theft violations by global fashion brands with the OECD.

Financial Times (1 March 2023)

Asia Factory Workers Press Nike over Missing Pay

Nike is under fire from unions and non-profit groups after workers in its supply chain said they have suffered lost income during the coronavirus pandemic

Sourcing Journal (1 March 2023)

Garment Workers Blast ‘Dangerous’ New Normal at Nike

A group of 20 garment-sector unions filed this week a complaint alleging that the Just Do It firm violated OECD guidelines for responsible business.

Wort 89.9 FM (1 March 2023)

Horwitz: Garment Workers Bore The Brunt Of COVID Economic Loss

Earnings on garment workers bore the brunt of bad economics during COVID pandemic, according to Jacob Horwitz, Field Director at the GLJ-ILRF.

Just Style (2 March 2023)

South, SE Asia Unions Claim Fashion Brands are ‘Cashing in’ on Covid Wage Theft

Worker unions in six South and Southeast Asia countries have created a campaign called ‘Fight the Heist’ which claims fashion brands are profiting from wage theft during Covid and are eager to stop it.

Just Style (7 March 2023)

Nike under Fire as Unions Allege OECD Guidelines ‘Breach’ in Supply Chain

Nike has been accused of breaching OECD Guidelines with regard to the treatment of workers in its global supply chain following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sourcing Journal (8 March 2023)

Nike ‘Ignoring’ Questions About Forced Labor, Shareholder Claims

A longstanding Nike shareholder wants to know why the Just Do It firm is ignoring its questions about potential forced labor in its supply chain.

Supply Chain Dive (9 March 2023)

Shareholder Activist Blasts Nike for Doing Too Little to Prevent Abuses in Supply Chain

Nike is facing questions from investors about what it’s doing to protect workers in its supply chain from forced labor and other rights violations.

Dawn – Pakistan (18 March 2023)

Wage Theft in Big Fashion Supply Chains like Nike

Garment labour unions in six countries have launched a new campaign demanding that Nike, Levi’s & VF Corporation pay workers back their owed wages.