Garment factory workers are now, the lowest paid in any significant garment-producing company worldwide, typically, a report states.
The report from the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights comes as one of the fastest-growing economies of Africa, Ethiopia, pursues a experiment by inviting the garment industry to set up shop in its mushrooming parks.
“The government’s eagerness to draw foreign investment led it to market the lowest bottom wage at any garment-producing country — currently set in the equivalent of $26 a month,” as stated by the authors of the analysis, Paul M. Barrett and Dorothée Baumann-Pauly.
In comparison, Chinese garment workers and people in Bangladesh earn $340 and $95, respectively.
Drawn from the newly built industrial parks along with a range of monetary incentives, manufacturers for a few of the world’s best-known brands — one of these H&M, Gap, and PVH — apply tens of thousands of workers in a business that the government forecasts will one day have countless dollars in sales.
The record is based on a trip to the Hawassa Industrial Park that employs 25,000 people and started in southern Ethiopia. Ethiopian leaders frequently flaunt the industrial park, 140 miles (225 km ) south of Addis Ababa, to visiting foreign dignitaries.
According to the report, most young workers are barely able to get by to the close of the month and are unable to encourage family members.
“Given comparatively small training, restive employees have protested by stopping work or stopping altogether. Productivity from the Hawassa factories normally is reduced, while worker disillusionment and attrition are high,” the report states.
Politics are unexpectedly disrupting factory surgeries. “The Ethiopian government should tackle ethnic tension in Hawassa and elsewhere,” the report states.
It requires the government set a minimum wage that guarantees acceptable conditions and to implement a long-term financial strategy for strengthening the dress industry.
Abebe Abebayehu, head of the Investment Commission of Ethiopia, told the AP that apparel and garment factories like to find in areas with low labor costs.
“If that was not the scenario, Chinese companies wouldn’t come back to Ethiopia,” Abebe stated. In addition, he questioned the report’s yearly cover amount of $26 a month:”This is a simple wages but in Ethiopia the mills also supply a office meal along with other providers.”
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