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Clothing sector employees demand Asian Floor Wage
Sep '09
The Sri Lankan apparel worker's unions are demanding higher wages comparable to other Asian countries, many of which have lower inflation. The apparel industry labour rights movement (ALARM) says local apparel workers on average only earn 6,750 rupees for a month, well below the 16,705.75 rupees, which they say is the Asia Floor Wage.

The floor wage is set at 475 international dollars using the purchase power parity method of the World Bank and is a standardized and comparable demand for a minimum living wage. It's based on the income of a single bread winner to minimally support a family of four on a 48 hour work week.

The Unions want the big overseas retail brands to pick the tab for paying better wages and under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative which most of these companies adhere to, paying a decent living wage is part of the CSR program, but which most of these brands fail to get implemented in Sri Lanka.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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