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27 Apr 2017

Drew Harwell, Washington Post (USA)

Workers endured long hours, low pay at Chinese factory used by Ivanka Trump’s clothing-maker

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…[A]ccording to a factory audit…G-III Apparel Group, which has held the exclusive license to make the Ivanka Trump brand’s…clothes…since 2012…Inspectors with the Fair Labor Association…found two dozen violations of international labor standards…Trump’s company declined to comment on the factory inspection. Messages left with G-III were not returned.

...Workers at the G-III factory in China were required to work 57 hours a week “on a regular basis” to hit production targets, inspectors found. Though Chinese law sets the limit for overtime at 36 hours per month, workers in all of the factory’s departments exceeded that limit, working up to 82 hours of overtime a month between September 2015 and August 2016.

The factory’s workers made between 1,879 and 2,088 yuan a month, or roughly $255 to $283… below minimum wage in some parts of China…Fewer than a third of the factory’s workers were offered legally mandated coverage under China’s “social insurance” benefits…Inspectors also cited the factory…did not train loading workers on safety techniques or provide employees with equipment that could reduce injury…

…Fair Labor Association…asked what steps [G-III factory] would take in response. The factory pledged to make some progress to improve training, assess hazards, hire more workers and reduce overtime demands. But it did not commit to increasing worker pay and at times pushed back against recommendations that could improve workplace safety….[mentions Apple, Calvin Klein, Nike & Tommy Hilfiger]