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Fashion companies have canceled or refused to pay for $16.2 billion of orders during the pandemic, costing textile workers $1.6 billion in wages, a report found



a group of people sitting at a table: Textile workers in Bangladesh K M Asad/Picture Alliance via Getty Image


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  • Garment suppliers lost around $16.2 billion in orders from the US and Europe in just three months, a report from workers rights groups said.
  • Brands either canceled orders or delayed payments for existing orders, sometimes indefinitely, the groups found.
  • This led to about $1.6 billion in lost wages for factory workers, the report found.
  • Canceled orders and payments have affected more than one million workers in Bangladesh, the report found. Many were sent home without severance or furlough pay.
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Garment factory workers around the world may have collectively lost more than $1.5 billion in wages in just three months thanks to US and European fashion companies canceling or delaying orders, workers’ rights groups have said.

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