ASEAN workers cut back on food as pandemic hits wages

Workers in many ASEAN countries sewing clothing for major fashion brands are “going hungry” and taking out loans to feed their families owing to pay cuts imposed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to global labour rights advocates (reports Reuters).

Among workers who have held onto their jobs, one in five experience hunger on a daily basis following a 20% decline in average wages in the global garment industry, the US-based Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) said in a report.

For the full story, see the January 2021 edition of Textiles South East Asia.