ILO report: Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises

Author: Leonie Barrie, Just-Style (UK), Published on: 28 November 2017

"Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises". 21 Nov 2017

While wages in developing Asia’s garment and footwear industry have increased in recent years, they continue to remain low overall—particularly for women...The latest research note from the International Labour Organisation (ILO)...estimates that average earnings were less than US$200 per month in eight of the 12 countries with available data.

The report covers China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Myanmar...

By contrast, nominal average wages for workers in garment, textile and footwear sector were only about $100 a month in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Myanmar at the time of the most recent labour force survey.

...While women account for the majority of jobs in the sector, they continue to face a considerable wage penalty.

In all 12 countries, average monthly wages for men were higher than that for women, although the intra-regional disparity varied widely...

 

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