Continental Clothing Co, working together with the Fair Fashion Network and BSD Consulting, has implemented a scheme that aims to deliver a LIVING WAGE for the garment workers at its factory in India. The first stage of the wage increase has come into effect from 1st January 2016 and covers the entire workforce.
A living wage should cover the basic needs of the workers and their families, allow for some savings and must be earned within a 48 hours working week
A benchmark was calculated for minimum earnings required to provide a decent living for a typical family in the area. The difference between the current wages and the living wage was then converted into the additional amount that needs to be paid for each garment produced at the factory. The premium that has been added to the cost of each garment is documented as a separate item and goes directly to the workers with their monthly wages.
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