A major brand obliged to pay compensation for overtime payment

“Nike agrees USD 1 million overtime payment for Indonesian workers"

Source: BBC News Business
12 January 2012

The sporswear group Nike has agreed to pay a compensation of USD 1 million to about 4,500 workers in an Indonesian subsidiary to settle a dispute over unpaid overtime over the last two years.

Hong Kong University sets higher minimum wage for outsourced workers

Date: January 26, 2011
Source: The HK Standard

City University has set an hourly minimum wage of HK$31 for its outsourced workers and a trade union will urge other universities to follow suit.

The limits of the cheap labour costs model

China's shift away from cheap labor hard on all

Source: The Associated Press
Date: May 31, 2010

A series of strikes at Honda and the official response to a spate of suicides at Foxconn Technology (see earlier sub-section on social conflicts/strikes) have highlighted the clear drawbacks and limits of a competitive model based mainly on permanent pressure on wage costs and working conditions.

The Asia Floor Wage Campaign developing

The Asia Floor Wage Campaign is a campaign to set a concrete minimum living wage across Asia. Launched on October 9, 2009, the Campaign calls on companies sourcing garment products in Asia to implement an Asia Floor Wage to improve the current wages of garment factory workers that do not cover basic needs and fall far short of a living wage.

China: Garment exporters baulk at Asian living wage plans

Date: October 13, 2009
Source: Just-Style
Author: Dominique Patton

Paying textile workers a salary equivalent to US$475 the amount called for by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance  is not feasible, say Chinese garment exporters. The campaigners want to persuade US and European retailers to raise the wages paid to Asian factory workers to a "living wage".

Analysis: Asian campaign takes wage talks to the next level

Analysis: Asian campaign takes wage talks to the next level

Date: October 13, 2009
Source: Just-Style
Source: Leonie Barrie

One of the biggest hurdles in the long-running debate about paying a living wage to garment workers making clothes for leading high street retailers and brands has been the attempt to determine the amount that should be paid. But all this could be about to change with the new Asia Floor Wage campaign that takes apparel pay talks to the next level. While many firms say they agree in principle with the idea of paying a living wage, the evidence seems to suggest otherwise.

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