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Stitching a Decent Wage Across Borders: The Asia Floor Wage Proposal
Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:28

AFW

All garment workers in Asia need a wage increase. But often, when workers struggle to improve their wages and conditions in one country, companies relocate to another country, where wages and conditions are lower. So workers are afraid to fight for better wages, because they might lose their jobs.

The Asia Floor Wage (AFW) is a response to this problem, developed by an alliance of NGOs, trade unions and academics from Asia, Europe and North America. The AFW is a proposal for a floor wage for garment workers in Asia.

The first two chapters of this report discuss the causes behind poverty wages in the garment industry, including the role major garment brands and retailers play in shaping global production and trade. The final two chapters outline how the proposals from the AFW Alliance would not only raise the wages of workers at the bottom, but strengthen workers’ bargaining power throughout the international garment production chains of giant retailers and brands and across borders, thereby increasing all garment workers’ capacity to raise wage levels. The report ends with detailed discussion on how to define and calculate the Asia Floor Wage.

Written by: Jeroen Merk of the Clean Clothes Campaign on behalf of the Asia Floor Wage Campaign.

Download the report here.

Download the Spanish (Castilian) version here.



 

 

 
 
 

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