Garment Workers: Paying the price of the pandemic
The global fashion industry's 'race to the bottom' approach to business has long meant poverty pay, long hours, and unsafe working conditions for garment workers. Therefore, it has come as no surprise to trade unions, workers’ and women’s groups that the cost of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has been passed on to factory workers.
Brands withdrew orders, bonuses were withheld and the right to organise was challenged in order to keep company profits buoyant. All this at a time when the Bangladesh Accord, a safety agreement which has kept thousands of workers safe, has been challenged by brands wanting to move away from a legally binding agreement.
Join us to discuss how we can continue the fight for justice, and hear from fashion industry experts, and those organising and representing workers on the frontline.
Anton Marcus – Joint Secretary, Free Trade Zones & General Service Employees Union
Tansy Hoskins – Author & Journalist
Rob Johnston –Midlands TUC organiser
Riccardo La Torre - The Fire Brigades Union