The occupation of million of Asian garment designers is in danger after the cancellation of events by the top and best fashion brands, campaigners, unions, and researchers stating that coronavirus can take the fashion market to a layoff of the labour rights in the market.
The stores around the globe have been closed and sales have fallen, several Western retailers have called off orders and discounts from the suppliers in Bangladesh and Cambodia, causing suspension of workers.
According to a survey, sixty million garment workers could face challenges to endure the dilemma unless several brands take accountability, according to many fashion industry observers and insiders.
The famous brands such as H&M, Adidas, and Zara-owner Inditex have ensured to pay full payment for their orders, whether orders in production or finished, stated WRC (Worker Rights Consortium), which has observed the top 27 fashion retailers of the world.
However, the U.S. based observing group found that half of the brands had no such commitment to respect their contracts.
Many retailers such as C&A, ASOS, Gap and Primark, and Edinburgh Woollen Mill said that they had been forced to stop or cancel a few orders but were in touch with the suppliers to diminish the economic clash.
Still, the manufacturers showed disappointment with the failure to bargain with Western customers which had caused job loss.
In South India, the major garment supplier said, “As far as we are talking about the customers, there is no bargaining for orders ” and he avoided showing his name for his business reasons.
In this month, many brands overturned a few cancellations after the public exclamation but have not renewed all orders, others have insisted on discounts, obstructed payments, stated by Penelope Kyritsis the assistant research director at WRC.
She said that anything cautious of commitment for completing their orders is careless to the suppliers.
According to a previous observation of WRC, there were cancelled orders worth twenty-four billion dollars, but this statistic was lower because some brands had fallen back. According to the International Textile Manufacturers Federation, garment orders also have fallen down a third in this critical situation.
The Rana Plaza disaster has shown the role of coronavirus in the supply chains helping the businesses on the behalf of suppliers.
During the 2013 crisis in Bangladesh, more than 1,135 garment workers were killed to inspire the global efforts in bringing innovation for labour rights. However, the experts are not at the same point on the scope and pace of revolution.
A few industry observers have faith that COVID-19 can give the latest incentive to purify the supply chains but others have a fear that the crisis may deteriorate the latest benefits for the workers.
In 2020, $2.5 trillion revenues of the garment sector could decrease 30% stated by management expert McKinsey, showing that fashion firms could be in for a hard time. In the previous week, employer organizations, garment brands, and unions introduced a working group, met by the UN, in order to pursue the manufacturers’ pay salaries and end the crisis while confirming the access of workers to welfare and health.