To whom it may concern,
I am very concerned that Arcadia has refused to pay for cancelled orders and has imposed a 30% discount on orders already shipped. Your actions have led to suppliers struggling to pay their workers, who in turn, will struggle to find a means to survive during this pandemic.
I suggest you do the right thing, and pay your suppliers in full, in order to protect the workers making your clothes.
I would also like to know whether you will take the following steps, proposed by civil society organisations, to ensure your workers are protected:
– Ensure that supplier factories follow government requirements or recommendations regarding the suspension of large gatherings and close factories as necessary for the appropriate duration to protect the health of workers and their communities, while maintaining all workers’ contracts and payment of their full regular wages;
-Ensure that workers who are sent home because of a lack of work are compensated at their full regular wage;
-Ensure that workers who contract the virus, or suspect they have the virus, can take sick leave without negative repercussions and are compensated at their full regular wage during the period of recovery and self-isolation;
-Ensure that, when factories reopen, deadlines for orders are reassessed to prevent workers from working mandatory overtime to make up for delays; and
-Ensure that measures to fight the virus do not unduly restrict workers’ freedom of movement or their freedom to organize.
The full statement can be found at: https://laborrights.org/releases/brands-must-urgently-take-steps-minimize-impact-coronavirus-garment-workers’-health-and