South Asian Garment Workers “Left To Starve”.
Music by: Simon Sizer – Aethra.
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It’s no secret that garment workers in South Asia are working for little pay, often working 12 hour days, for as little as $95 a month! And the situation is just getting worse, with many big brands cancelling orders and refusing to pay for work that’s been done, due to COVID-19’s financial impact.
H&M reportedly cancelled all its orders at one factory in Bangalore which led to more than 1000 workers losing their jobs. One worker, 28-year-old Shobha, told The Independent: “We’ve been producing for H&M for more than 6 years. We built up the brand and just one fine day they laid us off with no notice. They’ve left our families to starve.”
Hundreds of workers in Myanmar have also been standing up for their rights but with negative consequences. After forming a union, many were fired from factories producing clothes for Zara and Primark.
One of the workers from Myanmar told The Guardian “I see the firing as clearly union-busting under the pretext of the pandemic. The factory fired most of the union members, including myself.”
With the substandard treatment of garment workers in South Asia being common knowledge, why is nothing being done to help them?
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