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28 Feb 2022

Worker Rights Consortium

India: 14 garment suppliers commit to paying workers $28.6 million in back wages

"WRC Confirms $28.6 Million in Back Pay Commitments to Karnataka Garment Workers" 28 February 2022

After 22 months of refusing to do so, 14 major Karnataka garment suppliers have finally committed to pay the legal minimum wage, along with all arrears owed, to their workers; however, some suppliers are still refusing to pay. The table below lists top garment manufacturers in Karnataka, showing which ones have committed to pay, and which have not, along with the names of the brands that source from these suppliers...

Of the $58.7 million owed to garment workers in Karnataka due to accruing wage theft since April 2020, the WRC has identified firm commitments to pay their workers from suppliers representing $28.6 million of these arrears. Allowing for factories whose commitments have not yet been reported to us, we estimate the total committed represents well over half of the total owed. Verification is ongoing to ensure all workers receive the full amount they are owed...