$26 a month: Ethiopians are being paid world’s lowest wages to make your Calvin Kleins

 By James Purtill

(ABC Net Australia) — Ethiopia is trying to become the new Bangladesh of garment factory labour by promising the lowest wages in the world, but the workers themselves report they’re struggling to survive on US$26 a month while stitching clothes for Calvin Klein, H&M and other brands.

A study from New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, released this week, tells an old story: the hidden cost of the fashion industry.

It’s also a classic story of neoliberal economic development, one that’s been played out countless times since the 1990s: An impoverished country seeks foreign investment by declaring itself ‘open for business’, and offers up a vast and willing labour force.

Global capital, forever scouring the world for a competitive advantage, sets up shop: Factories are built, and young uneducated women are recruited from agricultural villages.

In 2015-16, Ethiopia built the state-owned Hawassa Industrial Park, located 140 miles south of the capital of Addis Ababa. The park currently has 25,000 employees producing garments for global brands also including Levi’s, Guess, and Tommy Hilfiger.

An Ethiopian government brochure for potential foreign investors advertised: “Cheap and skilled labor: 1/7 of China and 1/2 of Bangladesh.”

In fact, the labour would be even cheaper: Workers are being paid $26 a month, almost a quarter of the $95 a month minimum wage in Bangladesh.

Similar Articles

Comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

OMN: ODUU GALGALAA (GURRAANDHALA 20, 2020)

OMN: ODUU GALGALAA (GURRAANDHALA 20, 2020)

Ethnic cleansing continued in Oromia Regional State by Abiy Ahmed

Ethnic cleansing continued in Oromia Regional State by Ethiopian government lead by Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia July 10, 2020 The Right Honourable Justin...

New Book: የተጠለፈ ትግል (The hijacked revolution) in pdf

Book: የተጠለፈ ትግል (The hijacked revolution) in PDF Via Aba Orma, September 3, 2019 የተጠለፈ ትግል (The hijacked revolution) Author: Mudhin Siraj Pages: 152 Language: Amharic Year: July 2019 To...

BBC Afaan Oromoo: ODUU Owwituu, Amajjii 27, 2020

BBC Afaan Oromoo: ODUU Owwituu, Amajjii 27, 2020

21 million Chinese died of coronavirus – US intelligence officials intercept data

21 million Chinese died of coronavirus – US intelligence officials intercept data By James Alami (Web Archive) -- A new data intercepted by the United States...