25th May, 2020

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Garment Supply Chains in the Time of Pandemic (Issue III)

The third issue of “Emperor Has No Clothes” highlights the challenges that suppliers, in particular, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) face due to the Covid-19 lockdown measures and reduced business activities, and how these challenges translate into increased risk and burden of liability for garment workers.
This issue brings together discussions on the impact of, and response to, COVID-19 by suppliers and garment unions. The report not only makes a case for brands to ensure greater responsibility and accountability but also argues that any COVID-19 recovery program by governments in garment-producing countries needs to invest heavily in supporting ‘at-risk populations’ like garment workers who are experiencing a high degree of socio-economic marginalization, while at the same time supporting MSMEs that form the backbone of economies in the Global South.

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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Garment Supply Chains in the Time of Pandemic (Issue II)

The second issue of the “Emperor Has No Clothes” lays special emphasis on the issues around wage payment, support mechanisms and layoffs of garment workers, specifically in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Most importantly, the report presents a typology of discriminatory practices in the labour market that account for the immediate impact of the pandemic on garment workers in terms of access to employment. These are built on existing social inequalities related to age, gender, religion, nature of employment, and wage levels, and generate new forms of discrimination based on spatial proximity to factories, and accentuate union-busting tactics that are direct or subtle, with or without the support of the State.

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1st May, 2020

Asia Floor Wage

May Day Statement 2020

Defend Union Rights! Struggle for a Living Wage 

COVID-19 disaster has ravaged peoples, nations, and workers globally. It has starkly exposed the vulnerability of workers all around the world, more so in industries that are based on low wages and inhumane working conditions. The COVID -19 crisis requires our governments to serve vulnerable communities and the working poor and to bolster their confidence by being responsive, transparent and participatory. Instead, we see the rise of authoritarianism and undemocratic surveillance under the guise of safety and security. Governments, in collusion with business, are using the moment to concede to employers’ interests and to accelerate the passing of labour laws that downgrade and deny labour rights.
We stand for our unions and reaffirm our right to form unions and to democratically participate to shape our industry, society and state. We want a Living wage and have to struggle to win it!

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24th April, 2020

Asia Floor Wage

Remember the Victims on the 7th Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Tragedy & Commit to Change the Garment Industry 

April 24, 2020 marks seven years since the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1134 workers and injured 2500 or more, in one of the deadliest industrial disasters in modern history. In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, when the world is re-thinking globalization, Rana Plaza is an important marker that holds many lessons for us. In these dire circumstances, it is imperative that the brands that appropriate billions in profits are made accountable for safe working conditions as well as the well-being of workers. The Bangladesh Accord holds lessons for the labor movement in this regard as it made lead firms enter enforceable legally binding agreements that publicly challenged corporate intransigence. The advances made by the Accord must be pushed further in ensuring better working conditions throughout supply chains, payment of living wages, and fostering unionization so as to uphold the interests of the working class.

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20th April, 2020

Asia Floor Wage

Brands’ Responsibility in COVID-19 Humanitarian Crisis: Contribute to Garment Workers’ Relief

AFWA has been working with its trade union partners in Asia to provide relief to workers, to understand the immediate needs facing workers, and to formulate a demand to fashion brands who must take responsibility for workers’ financial welfare at a time of tremendous wage loss. Through consultation with trade unions, AFWA has evolved a concrete set of demands to brands.

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9th April, 2020

Asia Floor Wage

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Garment Supply Chain in the Time of Pandemic  ( Issue I)

The first issue of the series ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes: Garment Supply Chain in the Time of Pandemic’ looks at how the COVID-19 epidemic has affected garment workers in four major textile and apparel production countries in Asia, namely Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The report lays special emphasis on the impact of the pandemic and institutional responses in four dimensions, viz. wage disbursal, social security, migration, and healthcare.

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23rd March, 2020

Asia Floor Wage

AFWA Statement on Garment Worker’s Demands in the face of COVID -19 Crisis

AFWA released a statement on Garment Workers’ Demands in the face of COVID-19 Crisis. The statement looks into the responses of Global Supply Chain Production Countries to COVID-19 Crisis and also provides a charter of demands from garment workers, to the government, brands, and suppliers. The demands focus on immediate measures that should be taken to ensure the occupational health and safety of workers and as well as policies that should be implemented to support workers’ employment and incomes.

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14th February, 2020

Asia Floor Wage

AFWA Public Statement on Deaths of Garment Workers in Nandan Denim Factory

AFWA released a statement on the death of garment workers due to a fire at the Nandan Garment Factory, at Gujarat, India. Nandan Denim supplies jeans, denim and other garments to more than 20 global brands including U.S. companies such as Target, Ann Taylor, Mango and Wrangler.
Asia Floor Wage Alliance supports the local trade unions and labour rights organizations’ holding global brands responsible for the egregious violations and the deaths of the workers.We demand that brands compensate for the death, injury and loss of employment resulting from this fire on the basis of international standards on living wage and on workers’ pain and suffering.

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25th November, 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In honor of this day, Global Labor Justice created a video highlighting three women labor leaders on the frontlines of the global fight to end gender-based violence in the world of work. Libakiso Mathlo of Women & Law, Anannya Bhattacharjee of Asia Floor Wage and Mari Carmen Molina, the first woman secretary of CSTS trade union in El Salvador discusses how a strong labor movement led by women is key to achieving decent work and ending GBVH in the world of work.

Click here to watch the video. The video is bi-lingual in English and Spanish with the respective subtitles.

8th November, 2019

Fashion Focus: The Next Steps Towards Developing a Legal Framework for a Living Wage

Ms. Anannya Bhaattacharjee, the International Coordinator of Asia Floor Wage Alliance was the key-note speaker for the Living Wage Symposium “Fashion Focus: The Next Steps Towards Developing a Legal Framework for a Living Wage” organized by The Circle,  in London on 8th November 2019.  The symposium which involved various stakeholders like companies, NGOs, academics, lawyers and unions aimed to address the gap in the legal framework related to the payment of living wages in global garment supply chains.

June, 2019

AFWA – Women Leadership Committee (WLC) at the General Conference of the ILO

The AFWA – Women Leadership Committee (WLC) attended the General Conference of the International Labour Organization, convened at Geneva in June 2019. They took part in the passing of the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190), which provides a framework for action to shape the future of work based on dignity and respect, free from violence and harassment.