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By Beena Sarwar, Sheeba Aslam Fehmi & Priyanka Singh: “All our countries share a common history of struggle against global systems of exploitation - colonisation, racism. These power relations exist even today.”
Jul 12: In a damning report on the exploitation of garment workers by major global apparel brands, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) revealed that workers in Pakistan had faced the highest ‘wage theft’ - that of 29 per cent in the Asian garment industry during the COVID pandemic.
The grind is the same during the summer months. Calluses and scars have marked the workers’ bodies, but there is no stopping. At least a thousand bricks a day must be made or the quota will not be met.