Wednesday, 08 December 2021

ITUC-AP COVID-19 Survey: Global Supply Chains

29 May 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant and growing impact on domestic and international supply chains in the Asian and Pacific region. The outbreak has led to a sharp economic slowdown, decline on export due to factories being temporarily closed or operating with reduced capacity, mass layoffs and furloughs across various sectors and industries. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, garment, electronics and automotive manufacturing, retails, aviation, oil and gas, tourism and hospitality industries have been heavily affected by the pandemic in the region.

In defending and protecting of workers interests in Global Supply Chains, trade unions in the region held dialogue with management to help minimise disruption to company operations, negotiated and worked together with management to keep workers employed, initiated a joint statement with employer association and global brands to protect the health and welfare of workers, issued press statements and called the government to support workers and business in the global supply chains facing down a pandemic etc.

The trade unions were able to gain various important victories because of their collective strength. COVID-19 crisis is proving that workers in Global Supply Chains need trade union and collective bargaining more than ever. 

ITUC-AP Report is attached. 

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