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The first and most obvious point to make here is that labor costs represent such a small proportion of the cost breakdown of a garment that even doubling them would make only a small difference.

Paying a living wage could even improve quality and flexibility, allowing suppliers to retain a competitive edge.

The labor costs in a typical piece of clothing make up 1 to 3 percent of its retail price.On top of this, it’s not just the cheap labor that entices production to other countries. China is popular not just because of its cheap workforce but also because its industry is very efficient and productive from cotton production to finished garment.

Wage increases have been shown to improve workforce morale and productivity, as well as reduce absenteeism and employee turnover. Paying a living wage could therefore improve quality and flexibility, allowing enlightened suppliers to retain—or even gain—a competitive edge.

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4 Responses to “10 Biggest Excuses For Not Paying a Living Wage (And Why They Suck)”

  1. fasionpunk says:

    What if we gave the consumer the choice of paying 1 to 3 percent more of the total cost of most clothing?

  2. Elisabel says:

    OK, i tell my employer all this and he say: “Go work somewhere else”. I know my rights, but behind me there are lots of othere workers ready to take my place. There’s no cost to the companies.
    The bottom is this: goverment want this to happen!! They have policy, they have rules, but companies doesn’t implement them and gov. doesn’t check if they’re implementing them.
    We are alone!
    And i’m from other country.. this happens all over the glove.

  3. Brulee says:

    It used to be that the cheaper options came from places with cheap labour but now most things seem to come from China or places with child/cheap labour? Not only is this cruel but also many things only last for a few washes/wear before defects are found, the profits must be huge, even ‘throwaway’ goods like oral B and other toothbrushes,a few pounds each and made in China how much money made there?

    Some of the Victorians tried to change slave labour and child labour but now moved away it seems to flourish

  4. (@theemilytree) says:

    I try to source my clothing from ethical brands. By finding brands whose identity is based on fair trade, and who are fair trade certified, you can ensure that your clothing isn’t marred by the ugliness of human exploitation. I currently work for INDIGENOUS – http// – and I am able to buy all organic and fair trade clothing from them and other brands that have made it their mission to put people and planet before profit.

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