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GENEVA – A brand-backed initiative launched to provide financial relief for garment workers during the pandemic continues to be hamstrung by bureaucracy and an alarming lack of urgency after its launch 14 months ago.

The ILO Call to Action for the garment industry was launched in April 2020, with a key aim being to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment during the pandemic. However, a new update on the ILO’s website shows garment workers in Myanmar, Haita, Cambodia and Pakistan have yet to receive any funding at all via the scheme, which was launched with huge fanfare and backed by brands including Primark and Bestseller.

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