Global unions, employers & brands join call to action to protect garment workers during COVID-19 pandemic

The International Organisation of Employers, the International Trade Union Confederation, IndustriALL Global Union, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation and major brands and retailers are working with the International Labour Organization to take action to support manufacturers to survive the economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment. 

Organisations endorsing the statement commit to work with governments and financial institutions to mobilise sufficient funding to enable manufacturers to ensure business continuity including payment of wages, as well as income-support and job-retention schemes to address the impact of the crisis.

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28 April 2020

Employers, workers & major brands join with ILO on a call for action to support the garment industry

Author: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

"Covid-19: Global action to support the garment industry", 22 April 2020

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), IndustriALL Global Union, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation and major brands and retailers including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, International Apparel Federation, Inditex, M&S, Primark, PVH Corporation, Ralph Lauren, Tchibo, VF Corporation, Under Armour and Zalando SE are working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to take action to support manufacturers to survive the economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment. This global action also calls for work on sustainable systems of social protection for a more just and resilient garment industry...

Concretely, employer and worker organisations along with leading brands, retailers endorse a call for action and commit to work with governments and financial institutions to mobilise sufficient funding to enable manufacturers to ensure business continuity including payment of wages, as well as income-support and job-retention schemes to address the impact of the crisis...

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Author: Nações Unidas (Brasil)

“OIT elogia ação conjunta para enfrentar ameaças da COVID-19 à indústria global do vestuário”, 23 de Abril de 2020

A Organização Internacional do Trabalho (OIT) saudou o chamado à ação feito por organizações de empregadores e trabalhadores da indústria do vestuário global, de grandes marcas e de grandes distribuidores para trabalhar com governos e instituições financeiras a fim de lidar com as sérias consequências econômicas causadas pela pandemia de COVID-19. A iniciativa reúne os principais atores do setor em meio aos impactos sociais e econômicos sem precedentes que resultaram no fechamento de fábricas e de lojas, em desemprego e na perda generalizada de renda.  O objetivo é mobilizar fundos suficientes para permitir que os fabricantes garantam a continuidade de suas atividades. A ação foi anunciada por meio de uma declaração conjunta de Organização Internacional de Empregadores (OIE), Confederação Sindical Internacional (ITUC) e IndusriAll Global Union...Empregadores, trabalhadores, distribuidores e grandes marcas que participam desta iniciativa formarão um grupo de trabalho internacional...para implementar medidas a fim de limitar os danos causados pela pandemia às empresas e aos meios de subsistência...

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26 April 2020

Cambodia: ILO & key stakeholders launch 'Action in the Global Garment Industry' plan to provide a coordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting 500,000 workers

Author: Khmer Times

"ILO elaborates on action plan to combat Covid-19 pandemic’s impact, Cambodia wait with breath held", 25 April 2020

Action in the Global Garment Industry plan was launched, providing a coordinated response to the current crisis through which urgent financial relief is to be made available to vulnerable garment factories and workers.

In Cambodia, hundreds of garment factories with an approximate 500,000 workers are at risk of closure or suspension because of cancellation of orders or failure by buyers to honour the contracts take delivery or make payments.

The net impact of all these is that up to 500,000 workers may be out of jobs, income and end up in a vicious cycle from which it would be impossible to mitigate. The garment industry in Cambodia is the biggest employer with almost a million workers in direct employment and with downstream industries...

Led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Organisation of Employees (IOE), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and other likeminded NGOs, the ambitious strategy has been endorsed by leading brands and retailers, and will set the tone for future workings in which social security infrastructure is to be drastically bolstered...

An agreement on the wording of the plan came after fraught discussions involving some stakeholders who’d found it difficult to agree on the language used in the statement, so that the initiative could move forward. Still, a number of key stakeholders have thrown down the gauntlet by endorsing the plan as it’s rolled out, including Primark, H&M, Inditex, C&A, Adidas and VF Corp.

... Given the scale of the task at hand, those leading this initiative admit the logistical intricacies of how funding will be apportioned still need work...

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22 April 2020

Global unions & intl. employers organisation release call to action to protect garment workers' income, health & employment during COVID-19

Author: International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) & IndustriALL Global Union

"COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry", 22 April 2020

The Call to Action  sets out urgent priorities and specific commitments for organizations across the industry to endorse as the first step to collective action to achieve these goals.

This will require all actors – governments, bank and finance institutions, international organizations, brands and retailers/e-tailers, manufacturers, employers’ organizations and trade unions, other stakeholders and development partners – working together urgently... The ILO will convene an International Working Group... to further elaborate the implementation steps necessary to deliver on these commitments...

The call to action aims to generate action from across the global garment industry to protect workers’ income, health and employment and support employers to survive during the COVID-19 crisis, and to work together to establish sustainable systems of social protection for a more just and resilient garment industry...

The final text was negotiated by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and IndustriALL Global Union...

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