The impact of COVID-19 on the life of people who make the latest styled clothes
Many industries are facing difficulties in pandemic situations. The fashion industry is one of them. It has become challenging for retailers worldwide to get customers; thus, they are shutting down the doors and are to sell products online.
However, all of us are preferring social distancing,and many of us are facing a financial crisis due to COVID-19. Moreover, the desire to purchase new clothes feels like a dream so far.
Many organizations have been encouraging an end to overconsumption for many years. They also recognize that in the face of this uncertain halt in manufacturing, the most vulnerable thing is underpaid workers in the fashion supply chain that experience the worst effect.
The worldwide trade union states that millions of garment makers have already lost their job functions to voice workers worldwide. They do not have any access to financial or social safety nets to assist them in this storm. Addressing for the Business of Fashion, Bangladeshi garment producer Mostafiz Uddin told that Hunger is a killer too, and many more souls die from Hunger compared from COVID-19.
How companies pay to the garment workers in the pandemic situation
Companies used to typically pay their service providers weeks or perhaps month’s before the delivery of products. Suppliers usually pay upfront because of the materials or fibers used to produce the purchase of the goods from them. In response to this pandemic, retailers and many notable fashion brands are devoting orders and halting amounts for orders already placed. Even when the workers have completed the job, take no liability for its remarkable impact on the people working in their supply chains.
Factories have a minimal choice but to stop or keep hold of unpopular goods made and put off their workers.
Bloomberg reports that about 1,089 clothing industries in Bangladesh have encountered orders canceled worth roughly $1.5 billion because of the coronavirus outbreak. The AWAJ Foundation says that many firms in Bangladesh have shut down. Some craftsmen were given less than a month’s wages as severance, and many others have got nothing. The E.D. of AWAJ, describes, “These workers now do not know how they will look after their families in the coming days — how they will manage costs for food, rent, and other requirements.
They can not even think what they will do when they or a household member requires medical treatment for COVID-19. The pay these employees earned was hardly enough to satisfy their living costs. Consequently, they have small to no savings set aside to take care of a crisis like this.”
The situation of the LA Garment market during COVID-19
On the opposing side of the universe, a similar position is displaying. The Garment Worker Center outlines how garment producers in Los Angeles are not qualified for unemployment advantages. It is partly because the enterprise’s unusual nature, such as “off the books” work, makes applying for paid family leave or disability insurance distinctively challenging in the face of the pandemic.
Fashion is a craft
Fashion is not only created in factories. The trend is partisanship, craft, and things that are created by hand in casual environments. As stated by the Artisan Alliance, art is the second-largest supply of employment across the world. WIEGO estimates that around two billion workers worldwide lack fundamental social protections, labor, and health. Consequently, global trade flows are threatening, artisan bands, workers cooperatives, neighborhood communities that are crafts-based, home employees, agricultural workers, and farmers face desperate economic circumstances.
What can we do to support the garment industry?
We are suggesting a worldwide community to become louder than ever. To ask #WhoMadeMyClothes? Demand that trend brands protect the employees in their supply chain as they want their employees, especially during this international health and financial crisis.
About INIFD (Inter National Institute of Fashion Design):
INIFD is the largest network of design institutes (launched in 1995), has approximately 25,000 students passing out of college every year. INIFD is involved in various national and international collaborations.
INIFD has star designers who worked for famous movies like Jodha Akbar, BajiraoMastani, and many more. Twinkle Khanna is the Chief Mentor for the ‘INIFD Academy of Interior.’
We should not wait for the ending of COVID-19 and wait for the fashion industry to come to its regular velocity. Instead, let uscome together as a revolution and build a new system that values the world’s health and people.
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