How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains
- September 2, 2020
- Posted by: Bilalmushtaq
- Category: News
A video shows garment workers from Lucky Textile Mills explaining what happened at their factory amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Workers explained that management wrote resignation letters and then called over 150 workers, most of whom were women, and forced them to sign. Workers further expressed that they weren’t even paid what they are owned, such as wages and bonuses. The processing department alone laid off over 270 workers. “I owe two months in back rent. Where will I get the money to pay for it? I don’t have enough to buy groceries”, one of the workers said. Workers expressed that, without being paid their wages, they are unable to buy food or water. Many have children. One of the workers explained that, in his case, management simply blocked his factory ID card, as, one day when he came to work, it simply stopped working and he was told to “just go home.”
Lucky Textile Mill in Karachi has fired hundreds of its workers. Firing your employees during Ramzan, and that too in a middle of a pandemic, is the height of cruelty. If this injustice does not stop, the rage of workers will soon explode into a movement.
Video by Ujala TV. pic.twitter.com/LhDkLH0hKi
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) May 11, 2020