Living Wage

Throughout the campaign, we’ve talked about workers safety and health, but now its time to talk about something we should have a long time ago – Wages.

While we, in Australia are lucky enough to have the opportunity to chase our dreams and earn our livings doing something we love, this is not the case for the millions of sweatshop workers overseas. In fact, slaving away in those horrible factories is their only choice. But is it all worth it?

In this blog, we’ll being talking about the Living Wage, in other words the cost of living that should cover the basic needs of an individual and his or her family. Why we are talking about this is that most of the individuals working in sweatshops are not receiving nearly enough compensation for their work, hence not receiving an adequate living wage.

Have a look at the list below compiled by the World Bank:


The figures are shocking! How can anyone survive on $1 a day? But this is the reality for millions around the world, especially those working in the garment manufacturing industry.

Bangladesh, Cambodia and China, as we have written about in previous blogs, are large textiles exporters whose economies are largely based on garment production. No doubt, their sweatshop situation has also caused workers to earn wages a long way off the recommended their living wages.

The Asia Floor Wage Alliance and Labour Behind the Label have calculated the living wages of key garment producing companies in Asia and compared them to the minimum wages of workers. The results are shocking.


As can be seen, Bangladesh’s minimum wage is 18% of its living wage, Cambodia’s minimum wage is 34% of its living wage and China’s is a whopping 53%…

Imagine only having half of what you need to survive… and some of us complain about being broke… It sounds impossible, but this has resulted in workers in these countries to live in inadequate conditions.

What we urge from this is that corporations take on responsibility to ensure their workers are paid correctly and comfortably! But as the sweatshop model clearly has turned a blind eye to this, we are also urging you to #Cut The Sweat and realise the injustices that are occurring on a daily basis!

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