It would take just ten cents per t-shirt for brands to make sure garment workers survive the pandemic.
The 35 million people around the world who sew our clothes make some of the lowest wages in the world.
10% of the apparel workforce may have already been laid off since the start of the pandemic. Millions more are at risk of being fired and have not received their full wages for months. The vast majority of these workers are women, in jobs with no respect for their labour rights, leading to a massive imbalance of power in the industry. Many report skipping meals, borrowing money to buy food, and struggling to afford vegetables or meat for their families as the pandemic’s economic crisis rages on.
Next, Nike and Amazon: It’s time to pay your workers
Tell brands: It’s time to #RespectLabourRights and #PayYourWorkers
Brands and retailers must respect labour rights and pay their workers. We are calling on brands and retailers to:
Pay the workers who make their clothes their full wages for the duration of the pandemic;
Make sure workers are never again left penniless if their factory goes bankrupt, by signing onto a negotiated severance guarantee fund; and
Protect workers’ right to organise and bargain collectively.
Join the Amazon day of action on the 26th May!
1. Join the selfie action
Join us and make protest banners, or take a selfie with the Amazon smile upside down, calling on Amazon to pay all the workers in their supply chain.
Use the hashtags #PayYourWorkers and #MakeAmazonPay and tag @amazon in social media. Get ideas for social media posts here.
2. Leave a review
You can leave a Google Review for the new Amazon Fresh stores in Ealing, Wembley Park Blvd or Fountain Park Way. Leave a rating based on how Amazon treats the workers in it’s supply chain. You can link to the campaign website and use images from the social media toolkit, or post an image of your selfie action!
3. Take to social media
Here are all the resources if you want to take your activism to the next level. Check out the complete social media toolkit from Clean Clothes Campaign, Progressive International and UNI. You can also find visuals to share on social media here. The campaign website is here, and you can check out more ways to take part in offline actions here.