Resource Labour behind the label:What is a living wage?
Type (e-)Newsletter (article)
Last update: 25/10/2013
Type: (e-)Newsletter (article)
Language English
Year of publication: 2012
Target countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Summary A living wage for any worker should be enough to cover her or his basic needs, and the needs of her family. In the Cambodian garment industry, over 80% of workers are women, aged 18-35. In India, Bangladesh and across Asia likewise, most garment workers are women. Many of these have children and families to provide for and no other income earners in the family to contribute to this care. With escalating living costs in housing, food, clothing, education, transport and healthcare, the minimum wage which workers earn simply isn’t enough. In fact, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance calculate that a living wage in India is Cambodia is 283 USD / month, which is 4 times the minimum wage
Role Organisation
Network Organisation organisation details Fair Price and Fair Wages
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 331 Trade