LONDON – Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) is launching a legal action against some of the world’s largest fashion brands in an attempt to make them be held legally accountable for wage theft and other rights violations in the countries where their clothing is made. The labour rights group says it will argue that global clothing brands should be considered “joint employers,” along with their suppliers, under national laws and as such be held accountable for alleged wage violations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Two such complaints have already been filed with authorities in India and Sri Lanka, with further complaints will be lodged in the likes of Indonesia and Pakistan.
Complaints are being submitted against Levi Strauss, Columbia Sporting Company, Asics, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, H&M and Levi Strauss.
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