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AMSTERDAM – Garment workers making clothing for leading global apparel brands have been denied full wages legally owed to them for work already completed due to order cancellations, non-payment and other harmful commercial practices by brands during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study linked factories across Asia with brands including Levi’s, H&M, New Look, Hanes Brands and The Children’s Place among others.

The report also slammed voluntary wage initiatives such as Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT) – a global initiative uniting brands and unions to work towards living wages. “Over five years after ACT was established not a single enforceable agreement on living wages has materialised and the industry is a long way from achieving living wages for garment workers,” says the report. In its analysis of ACT, Asia Floor Wage Alliance concludes: “ACT is being used as an alibi for brands to exempt themselves from genuine living wage delivery processes.”

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