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Ethiopians get 26 dollars a month for making CK

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Ethiopia is trying to become the new Bangladesh of garment factory labour by promising the lowest wages in the world, but the workers themselves report they're struggling to survive on US$26 a month while stitching clothes for Calvin Klein, H&M and other brands.

A study from New York University's Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, released this week, tells an old story: the hidden cost of the fashion industry.

It's also a classic story of neoliberal economic development, one that's been played out countless times since the 1990s: An impoverished country seeks foreign investment by declaring itself 'open for business', and offers up a vast and willing labour force.

Global capital, forever scouring the world for a competitive advantage, sets up shop: Factories are built, and young uneducated women are recruited from agricultural villages.https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/ethiopian-garment-workers-are-being-paid-worlds-lowest-wages/11098232?smid=Page:%20ABC%20News-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic&sf212453237=1&fbclid=IwAR1mtg7Lh3GFCCINHDN17iu58HoHir5LhS6BWX20cJeRkR7wWMiZEHETsb8
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I'm quite shocked to know how small the amount Ethiopians are getting to make Calvin Klein. Hope they'll get a raise soon.
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What's your thought about this matter? Do you think they are getting paid fairly?
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We can't pretend like this isn't our responsibility just because it's in another country. Every time we buy these products, every time we neglect it as a political issue, we endorse this modern cousin of slavery.
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We can't pretend like this isn't our responsibility just because it's in another country. Every time we buy these products, every time we neglect it as a political issue, we endorse this modern cousin of slavery.
Your phone, and most of the things you use to get by are made in as bad or worse conditions, and what have you done? Made a Facebook post? You don’t care, and nor do the rest of us, and that’s ok. It’s always been this way, just now days we are made to feel guilty about it.
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Your phone, and most of the things you use to get by are made in as bad or worse conditions, and what have you done? Made a Facebook post? You don’t care, and nor do the rest of us, and that’s ok. It’s always been this way, just now days we are made to feel guilty about it.
And your solution is to make people stop talking about it?
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26$ goes a long way in Ethiopia.
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26$ goes a long way in Ethiopia.
Would you take the job?
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26$ goes a long way in Ethiopia.
Have you lived there to know this?!
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Do they have to take that job?
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Do they have to take that job?
I don't think they're drowning in opportunity if that's what they settle on.
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We can't pretend like this isn't our responsibility just because it's in another country. Every time we buy these products, every time we neglect it as a political issue, we endorse this modern cousin of slavery.
If we stop buying these jeans then these people will have $0 a month.
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We have to draw a line and say it’s never acceptable to pay workers less than some amount. If there aren’t enough humane jobs to go around, we need a universal basic income. The rich should pay for it. We can’t neglect human beings like this.
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