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Pilot project launched for fair wage management in PRC

Aug '19
Pic: Solidaridad
Pic: Solidaridad
The Netherlands-based civil society organisation Solidaridad Network and Stockholm-based QuizRR have joined hands with H&M, Esprit and KappAhl to improve working conditions and productivity in the supply chain of the Chinese textiles-garment sector. The project, launched on July 25 in Shanghai, is being funded by the ASN Bank based in The Hague.

This partnership aims to contribute to ensuring decent labour conditions and fostering the progress towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the sector, according to a press release from Solidaridad, founded in 1969.

QuizRR develops innovative training solutions to advance corporate responsibility and capacity building in global supply chains, enabling businesses to step up from mere compliance to become role models and drivers of change.

The objective of the pilot is to improve labour conditions, increase opportunities for skill development and ensure fair wages for a minimum of 1,000 factory workers in China at at least 2 factories in 2019-2020.

The longer term objective is to roll out trainings, systems and methodologies on wage management to a larger group of factories and workers. This will contribute to better livelihoods of the factory workers and improved transparency, quality and productivity of the factories.

Solidaridad will provide onsite guidance, support and trainings to see to it that wage systems are implemented. Social dialogue between workers and management will be promoted to make certain that these topics create long lasting impact.

Prior to launching this pilot project, Solidaridad had commissioned a problem analysis of the textiles industry in China that showed worker dissatisfaction is an increasingly big problem, often as a result of insufficient wages and overtime work. This leads to strikes, low productivity, and eventually also a high-turnover of staff.

This also presents a challenge for the factories as well as international buyers, which emphasizes the need to set systems in place to tackle these issues. (DS)

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