Garment supply chain workers, a majority of them women, faced massive wage theft and income loss during the COVID 19 pandemic when Big Fashion brands’ like Nike canceled or drastically reduced orders en masse (as detailed in Asia Floor Wage Alliance’s (AFWA) Money Heist report).

Meanwhile, Wall Street investors and owners made record profits and paid themselves millions of dollars through stock buybacks.

The Nike-owning Knight family, for example, paid themselves $74 million in dividends while garment workers struggled to survive on slashed incomes.

Now three years into the pandemic, garment workers who have still not recovered are demanding change from Wall Street executives, shareholders, and  investors.

AFWA, GLJ-ILRF and over 20 Asian unions have joined forces to stop Big Fashion companies from enriching investors at workers’ expense.

On February 27th 2023, we launched the Fight the Heist campaign to demand that Big Fashion companies:

  • Sit down with garment workers and their unions for a systematic investigation of COVID wage claims, including specific impacts on women workers.
  • Stop billionaire payouts from dividends and stock buybacks until all garment workers are repaid their lost wages.
  • Transform their global supply chains including providing living wages for all workers.

Follow the Fight the Heist campaign here – including our report, Big Fashion & Wall Street Cash In on Wage Theft, the Fact Sheet on our OECD complaint against Nike, recent press and videos.

Read our full press release here.

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Fight the Heist Campaign Partners

The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) is an international alliance of trade unions and labour rights activists who are working together to demand garment workers are paid a living wage. 


Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers’ Federation; Bangladesh Garments Workers’ Trade Union Centre; Garments Workers’ Unity League (Bangladesh); Green Bangla Garments Workers Federation (Bangladesh); Textile Garments Workers Federation (Bangladesh); Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU); Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (CCAWDU); Garment and Allied Workers Union (GAWU) (India); Garment Labour Union (GLU) (India); Hosiery Workers Unity Centre (HWUC) (India); Karnataka Garment Workers Union (KOOGU) (India); Mill Mazdoor Panchayat (MMP) (India); Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU) (India); Federasi Serikat Buruh Persatuan Indonesia (FSBPI); Garteks (Indonesia); Serikat Pekerja Nasional (SPN) (Indonesia); Muttehda Labor Federation (Pakistan); Pakistan Textile Workers Federation (PTWF); Textile, Power Loom and Garment Worker Federation (Pakistan); Commercial and Industrial Workers’ Union (CIWU) (Sri Lanka); Dabindu Collective Union (Sri Lanka); National Union of Seafarers Sri Lanka; Revolutionary Existence for Human Development (Sri Lanka); Stand Up Movement Lanka (Sri Lanka); Textile Garment and Clothing Workers’ Union (TGCWU) (Sri Lanka)