The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. The impact of the pandemic is unprecedented in modern history. Nations, businesses, and communities face public health, medical, economic, and political considerations as they end the spread of the virus. One essential consideration is the protection of factory and farm workers.
The FLA joined with five partner organizations to engage the government of India and call attention to state-level actions, which could “seriously jeopardize the safety, security, and well-being of workers in India.
The concerns involve COVID-related amendments that relax labor laws or regulations via state executive order or imprecise suspensions in light of the global pandemic’s economic impact.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) expects its affiliates to account for the impact of business decisions on workers in their global supply chains. The FLA recognizes that during the COVID-19 pandemic, companies of all sizes face challenges and difficult choices that will affect many – including the most vulnerable workers.
Among the roughly 152 million child laborers globally, 108 million work in agriculture. The Fair Labor Association (FLA) anticipates that the COVID-19 pandemic will make their precarious situation worse, with both short and long-term negative impacts. Some of the expected impacts include:
Ten organizations working with 2,000 brands join forces to protect workers
WASHINGTON, DC - A coalition of ten international organizations working on better labour conditions for garment workers is calling on garment brands and governments for urgent action amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The experts on workers’ rights in global supply chains agreed on a shared vision on social protection and responsible business conduct during this crisis.
Remarks as prepared for delivery by Shelly Heald Han, Fair Labor Association, at Global Supply Chains, Forced Labor, and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Roundtable of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is deeply troubled by credible reports of forced labor and other violations of fundamental human rights in the Xinjiang region of China. We call for an immediate end to these violations and pledge to work collaboratively with governments, civil society, unions, and multilateral organizations to achieve this goal.
Twenty-three companies and civil society organizations jointly signed a letter to urge the government of Cambodia to take specific, concrete, and time-bound steps to bring Cambodia in line with international labor standards.
The letter details requests that Cambodia amend its Trade Union Law, repeal the Law of Associations and NGOs, drop all outstanding criminal charges against union leaders, and respect and foster the role of the Arbitration Council. Specifically, the letter calls on the Cambodian government to:
Timeline Set for Release of Action Plan and Activity Reports for Addressing Worker Rights With a Focus on Forced Labor
WASHINGTON – A study by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Awaj Foundation finds that women in the ready-made garment manufacturing sector in Bangladesh do not receive legally required benefits, including paid maternity leave.