Nike Suppliers Refuse to Pay Minimum Wage

India fashion factory mecca

It’s reported that brands like Zara, Walmart, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Nike source their clothes from Indian factories that refuse to pay workers minimum wage.

Key Points:

  • According to the labour-rights watchdog Indian factories that collaborate with big US Fashion brands refused to pay workers nearly $60 million over the course of the pandemic.
  • More than 1,000 Fashion factories in southern India refused to pay garment workers a legal minimum wage.
  • “This is the largest wage theft we’re aware of anywhere in the global industry in terms of the total impact on workers,” said Ben Hensler, general counsel and deputy director for policy and research at the Worker Rights Consortium, which monitors labor rights globally. “What’s extraordinary here is the fact that all the garment factories, with few exceptions, in an entire state have all been violating the minimum wage openly for two years at this point.”
  • “Brands are basically happy to look the other way when hundreds of thousands of the workers who make their products are being denied wages that they need for daily survival,” Hensler said. “To allow that to go on unchecked for months—nearly two years—until the brands are called publicly to account for it—I think it says a lot about the thinness of the commitments that they claim to have for the welfare of the workers.”
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