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AMSTERDAM – 50 rights groups an NGOs have called for garment factories in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to be included in Covid-19 industry lockdowns. The groups have also demanded that garment workers “must be paid their full wages during lockdowns.”

The garment industries in both these countries have been exempted from several previous lockdowns due to their position of strategic economic importance to their respective economies. However, led by Clean Clothes, the Worker Rights Consortium and Labour Behind the Label, and backed by local unions in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the groups are also calling for an expansion of vaccination and testing of garment workers and better health and safety measures around infection control at garment factories.

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