Does the wage assurance cover workers who are in (partial) lockdown as well as those that have continued or returned to work? Per country a ‘cut-off’ point will need to be established, indicating for what period of the crisis wages need to be ensured by brands and retailers. This will depend on when government-imposed lockdowns have ended entirely. Within that period the wage assurance will cover all workers: those who continued to work and those that were send home because of lockdowns, lack of orders or social distancing measures. What is the relation with the ILO Call to Action? The wage assurance builds on the outcomes foreseen in the ILO Call to Action (https://cleanclothes.org/news/2020/covid-19--a-global-approach-to-protecting-garment-workers-in-supplychains). Under that program, loans will be secured to enable employers to pay wages, and/or to enable governments to provide facilities that will enable employers to pay wages, or to pay income directly to workers. That is a good thing, but it is not the same as ensuring funds are used for the actual payment of wages, or ensuring that these are paid in full. The ILO Call to Action does not set wage related targets, nor does it provide an enforcement mechanism or consequences for signatory brands if workers in their supply chain do not receive income support. All of the major brands have committed to this program, as have all of the major MSIs. The more successful the program is, the smaller the gap left outstanding, and the less brands will have to pay. As any large collective action program, it is moving slowly, and covering 8 countries for now. Meanwhile workers all around the world are getting progressively desperate and need to be assured that they will be paid what they are legally owed.