Click here for the tweet: Cannot understand how @georgeatasda can impose 50-70% discounts on their suppliers, despite remaining open throughout the pandemic? Stop using the pandemic as an excuse to steal your garment workers’ wages and #PayUp !
Click here for the tweet: Asda has paid the UK government £340m back after receiving relief during the pandemic. Great, but can ASDA now explain why it struggles to pay its garment workers producing for @georgeatasda their wages? #PayUp
Click here for the tweet: A reminder that @georgeatasda was one of the worst brands in terms of how they treated their suppliers during the pandemic, imposing discounts as high as 70%, knowing this would completely wipe out chances of workers being paid their wages! Ridiculous. #PayUp
Subject: George at ASDA and cancelled orders with suppliers
To whom it may concern,
I am very concerned to hear that George at Asda has refused to pay its suppliers for cancelled orders , and would like to know why George has made this decision. Your actions have meant suppliers are unable to pay their workers who, as a result, are struggling to make ends meet during this pandemic.
Despite Asda remaining open throughout the pandemic, and being in a good position to support its suppliers across the world, it has been the worst actor in the industry, demanding 50-70% discounts on suppliers. With discounts as high as this, how do you realistically expect garment workers to be paid their wages? Unsurprisingly, we have seen protests at an Asda supplier, after the owners closed down the factory following cancellations without paying workers’ wages, leaving them with nothing. If Asda can return £340m of COVID-19 relief to the government, why is it struggling to support its own garment workers?
From an outside perspective, it appears that Asda are using the pandemic as an excuse to avoid paying their workers, saving on labour costs and raking in profits.
Your garment workers need you to pay your suppliers in full for cancelled orders, to protect the workers making your clothes. Throwing them under the bus to protect your profits is not the answer, and is simply wrong.