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.

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