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Ethiopian unions campaign for Covid-19 awareness

15 June, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Industrial Federation of Textile Leather Garment Workers Trade Union (IFTLGWTU) is carrying out Covid-19 awareness campaigns aimed at its members in garment and textile factories. Posters on prevention, sanitizers provided by IndustriALL Global Union and Mondiaal FNV, and soap have been distributed to 28 factories.

Principles for action on Covid-19 in textile, garment, shoes and leather industries

8 June, 2020The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on workers in textile, garment, shoes and leather (TGSL) industries.

Union supports deal for small enterprises in South Africa to manufacture 14 million masks

18 May, 2020The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) supports a deal made by the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry to register small, medium, and micro-enterprises (SMMEs). The deal provides capacity to make 14 million masks and will help thousands of small companies to survive during the pandemic.

Protecting workers in Myanmar

14 May, 2020IndustriALL affiliate IWFM has signed a framework for action with employers and ACT brands producing in the country, aiming to protect garment workers from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

“We will be killed by hunger before the coronavirus gets us”

6 May, 2020Over 18,000 workers in the textile and garment sector in Eswatini have not been paid since the announcement of the lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19. This means that the workers have no money to buy food, pay rent, bills and other basics.

Global action to support the garment industry

22 April, 2020Brands and retailers are being called on to endorse priorities for action to support the garment industry and protect workers from the impacts of the global crisis.

Cambodian garment workers need support from brands

16 April, 2020Garment unions in Cambodia are proposing brands and manufacturers contribute 40 percent respectively and the government 20 percent of the minimum wage for workers in factories that have suspended operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Massive crisis for Bangladesh’ garment workers

8 April, 2020Thousands of workers in Bangladesh’ garment industry have lost their jobs and are denied wages as the country is under lockdown until 14 April. On 6 April, two workers were killed in an accident during protests.

Indonesian unions demand factory shutdown

6 April, 2020GARTEKS and SPN, IndustriALL Indonesian affiliates in the textile sector, are fighting to keep workers’ wages and are demanding that factories are shut down, as the COVID19 pandemic begins to impact production in Indonesia.

ACT brands commit to responsible business practices in Bangladesh

31 March, 2020ACT signatory brands have expressed their commitment to maintain responsible business practices and social dialogue with union representatives from IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), amid the corona virus outbreak.