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Fair Labor Association publishes factory pay assessments in 21 countries

 

see page 18/19 of full report for table explanation

"Toward Fair Compensation in Global Supply Chains: Factory Pay Assessments in 21 Countries", 3 Aug 2016

The compensation element of the FLA’s Workplace Code of Conduct — agreed to by all FLA affiliates — begins with this affirmation of workers’ right to fair compensation.  In pursuit of progressive realization of this standard, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and its stakeholders (buyers, suppliers, labor rights advocates, and universities) are part of a global effort to improve compensation for workers.  As a contribution to this effort, the FLA presents here a first-of-its-kind report detailing worker compensation data collected in 2015 by the FLA in 124 mainly apparel and footwear factories in 21 countries....

...Beneath the table of wage data sorted by countries, the FLA’s full report elaborates on the findings from its 2015 data collection.  For example, the FLA found that most factories assessed in 2015 had established wages near the legal minimum; with minimum wages set at or below World Bank poverty lines in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, the report confirms legal minimum wage compliance to be an insufficient measure of whether workers are paid fair compensation. In addition, the report examines the real value to workers of the compensation levels found during the 2015 assessments, converting compensation figures into "purchasing power parity dollars," a standard used by the World Bank to compare incomes across countries and currencies. This analysis found that the purchasing power of average compensation in Bangladesh was the lowest of any country under assessment, falling below the World Bank poverty line for a three-adult-equivalent household.  Average compensation in other countries cleared the poverty line, though purchasing power for workers remained relatively weak in Cambodia, Dominican Republic, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Jordan (especially for migrant workers)...

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