ILO / COVID-19 ASIA ECONOMY

21-Oct-2020 00:02:40
The COVID-19 crisis has hit the garment sector in the Asia- Pacific region hard, with plummeting retail sales in key export markets affecting workers and enterprises throughout supply chains, according to new research from the International Labour Organization (ILO). ILO
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STORY: ILO / COVID-19 ASIA ECONOMY
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SOURCE: ILO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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FILE - MARCH 2020 JERASH, JORDAN

1. Various shots, Bangladeshi, Syrian and Jordanian garment sector workers in a garment factory

21 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viegelahn, Senior Economist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on garment workers and also enterprises in the Asian Pacific region. So, what we have seen are temporary, in some cases permanent factory closures, so many workers were actually left without work and in many cases without income, and those factories that re opened, they did not reopen at full capacity. So, some workers were actually not called back to the factory. You have also seen that reductions in wages and delays in wage payments were common as well.”

FILE - MARCH 2020 JERASH, JORDAN

3. Close up, garment worker in factory

21 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viegelahn, Senior Economist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“When comparing different countries in the region, we know that the economies of some countries rely a lot on the garment sector and here I am talking about countries like Cambodia, Muammar, also Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. And given that the garment sector is one of the sectors that has been hardest hit by this crisis, obviously these countries are suffering a lot. When it comes to different groups of workers, I think it's important to stress that the garment sector is an important employer for female workers. So, in some countries up to one in five women works in the garment sector and we see some signs that actually this crisis could contribute to an increase in inequality between men and women.”

FILE - MARCH 2020 JERASH, JORDAN

5. Various shots, garment workers in factory

21 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Arianna Rossi, Senior Research and Policy Specialist, Better Work:
“In terms of what needs to be done to support workers and enterprises during this crisis, the international coordination on stimulus packages and debt relief measures will need to be really central to this in ensuring that the recovery is not only effective but sustainable, especially for lower income countries that have limited fiscal space. Social dialogue needs to be at the centre of the recovery and crisis response, and we've seen in this research that in the countries where existing social dialogue structures were present, then the impact on workers and enterprises has been mitigated.”

FILE - MARCH 2020 JERASH, JORDAN

7. Various shots, garment workers in factory
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The COVID-19 crisis has hit the garment sector in the Asia- Pacific region hard, with plummeting retail sales in key export markets affecting workers and enterprises throughout supply chains, according to new research from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viegelahn, Senior Economist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on garment workers and also enterprises in the Asian Pacific region. So, what we have seen are temporary, in some cases permanent factory closures, so many workers were actually left without work and in many cases without income, and those factories that re opened, they did not reopen at full capacity. So, some workers were actually not called back to the factory. You have also seen that reductions in wages and delays in wage payments were common as well.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viegelahn, Senior Economist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“When comparing different countries in the region, we know that the economies of some countries rely a lot on the garment sector and here I am talking about countries like Cambodia, Muammar, also Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. And given that the garment sector is one of the sectors that has been hardest hit by this crisis, obviously these countries are suffering a lot. When it comes to different groups of workers, I think it's important to stress that the garment sector is an important employer for female workers. So, in some countries up to one in five women works in the garment sector and we see some signs that actually this crisis could contribute to an increase in inequality between men and women.”

The research highlights that major buying countries’ imports from ten major garment-producing countries of the region: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam, dropped by up to 70 percent in the first half of 2020 - due to collapsing consumer demand, government lockdown measures, and disruptions to raw material imports necessary for garment production - with devastating consequences for workers and enterprises.

SOUNDBITE (English) Arianna Rossi, Senior Research and Policy Specialist, Better Work:
“In terms of what needs to be done to support workers and enterprises during this crisis, the international coordination on stimulus packages and debt relief measures will need to be really central to this in ensuring that the recovery is not only effective but sustainable, especially for lower income countries that have limited fiscal space. Social dialogue needs to be at the centre of the recovery and crisis response, and we've seen in this research that in the countries where existing social dialogue structures were present, then the impact on workers and enterprises has been mitigated.”

The report, “The Supply Chain Ripple Effect: How COVID-19 is Affecting Garment Workers and Factories in Asia and the Pacific” assesses the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on supply chains.
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