Report: Reprisals and Repression of Garment Worker Unions and Workers Organizations During COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

Image of Sri Lankan Textile Worker Juxtaposed with Coronavirus

Publication Date: 

April 11, 2022


GLJ-ILRF and Asia Floor Wage Alliance

Based on interviews with unions, workers’ rights organizations and garment workers, this report shows that Sri Lanka’s largest garment manufacturer Brandix Lanka (Brandix) violated government COVID-19 guidelines in the days before a superspreader COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 at one of its factories. Additionally, this report reveals that both Brandix and the Sri Lankan government police and military escalated the repression of Sri Lankan unions and workers’ organizations working on the case. Brandix denies wrongdoing; however reprisals against civil society including unions and workers’ organizations remain a serious threat.