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COVID-19: Supply Chain Workers

Impacts on supply chain workers, vulnerable to job losses, infection and worsening labour conditions.

The world of work has been profoundly affected by the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. In addition to the threat to public health, the economic and social disruption has threatened the long-term livelihoods and wellbeing of millions. Particularly vulnerable to the worst impacts of the crisis are the millions of workers lower down the supply chain – often predominantly women and the primary caregivers in their families and communities. These workers, integral to the global economy, are largely part of the hidden workforce of global production and already face poverty wages, dangerous and unsafe working conditions and very few if no social protections. Migrant workers in supply chains have also faced unique risks, as a result of inadequate and crowded living conditions, harsh containment measures and discrimination. This includes workers in supply chains across sectors, for example in the electronics sector and the food and beverage sector.

Two years on, reports demonstrate how the outbreak continues to affect supply chains and disrupt manufacturing operations around the world. This section will feature the latest news on the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on supply chain workers, who continue to be vulnerable to job losses, infection and worsening living and labour conditions.

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Wage theft and pandemic profits: The right to a living wage for garment workers

BHRRC report featuring eight case studies from Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, involving allegations of unpaid wages and benefits (wage theft) linked to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting over 9,800 garment workers.

Millions of garment workers face destitution as fashion brands cancel orders

The actions of brands which choose to pass the financial burden of Covid-19 to the workers at the bottom of their supply chain will not be forgotten, write Phil Bloomer and Alysha Khambay

Live-blog: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

Daily information from the Clean Clothes Campaign global network about how COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world.