Retailers at the forefront of living wage practices

Ugly low-pay truth of high street fashion

Author and source: Nicholas Smith, The Sunday Times
Date: January 31, 2010

Low wages remain a fact of life for many garment workers, particularly in Sri Lanka. Indeed, suppliers of Marks & Spencer, Tesco, and Asda, realize the difficulty of applying a living wage. Thus, retailers are cooperating with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to narrow the gap between the workers’ code and actual pay.

Increasing wages along productivity improvements

Workers in Bangladesh gain from lean manufacturing

Author: Ethical Trading Initiatives
Date: January 25, 2010

Big retailers, including Marks & Spencer and Asda George, have raised workers' wages in selected Bangladeshi suppliers through increasing productivity.

Widening income gap within the crisis

Widening income gap threatening stability

Source: China Daily
Date: January 31, 2010

Chinese sociologists are warning that China's widening wealth and income gap is posing a serious threat to its social stability. The crisis and the consequent halt to minimum wage progression could further widen this gap.

Wage increases to avoid social conflicts in Zambia

Zambian union agrees pay rises with mining firms

Source: Reuters
Author: Chris Mfula
Date: February 1, 2010

As a result of threats of a large-scale strike in Zambia, copper mine workers received a 22 percent pay increase. Zambia's largest mineworkers' union said on Monday that it had agreed  wage increases with some of the country's top mining firms, averting possible strikes that would have dented output.

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