The International Labor Organization (ILO) urges the garment industry to do more to ensure workers' jobs and lives in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a report released on October 21, the International Labor Organization (ILO) urges the garment industry to do more to ensure workers' jobs and lives, in the context of a pandemic. COVID-19The garment industry is devastating for the garment industry, leaving many of Asia's 65 million industry workers struggling as factories close or cut output.
The report notes that exports from Asian garment exporting countries in the first half of 2020 fell by as much as 70%, and remain at a much lower level than before the outbreak, leaving many workers behind. jobs due to factories closing or reducing production.
Christian Viegelahn, senior economist at the ILO Office in Bangkok (Thailand), said that although the pandemic had a "frightening" effect on people working in the garment industry, mostly women, COVID-19 also makes fashion brands more flexible, more sustainable and "people-centered".
According to Viegelahn, a complete recovery of the industry will depend on overcoming the pandemic and may have to wait until after 2022.
In addition, the ILO report assessed conditions in 10 countries. major garment exports in the Asia-Pacific region, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. This sector accounts for three-quarters of total employment in garment factories.
Nearly half of all apparel-related jobs in Asia depend on exports to rich countries in the West, where the COVID-19 outbreak once led to a possible blockade. disruption of purchases and sales again as the number of COVID-19 infections increases rapidly in European countries.
ILO research conducted by Cornell University and the ILO group, which includes experts from many other groups such as Better Work, is aimed at improving conditions in the garment industry.