While big fashion brands continue to make huge profits during COVID-19, the women who make their clothes are wearing the cost.
Even before the pandemic began, brands paid poverty wages. A year into the crisis, fashion companies like the Just Group – which owns Just Jeans, Jay Jays, and Dotti – have cashed in millions in profit, while garment workers and their families are going hungry as they bear the brunt of job losses.
80% or 35 million garment workers worldwide are women. When brands cancel or refuse to pay for orders, or pressure factories to give discounts, they are pushing the financial costs of this global pandemic onto women already living in poverty.
We call on the Just Group to step up and support the women who make their clothes through this crisis by:
- Publishing the names and locations of the factories that supply their clothes, so workers and labour rights organisations can directly raise working conditions and pay with the Just Group
- Paying for all orders during the pandemic
- Paying 10 cents more per garment into a crisis fund so garment workers have access to wages and benefits, including severance pay
- Protecting workers’ right to organise and bargain collectively.
Take action today: demand that brands respect women’s rights and pay their workers.
Note: The Just Group does not publish a list of its suppliers, but its website states that the Just Jeans, Jay Jays, and Dotti brands source a portion of their garments from Bangladesh.