Sweatshops facts - sweatshops wages

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US$ earned by low-wage sweatshop worker

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Sweatshops are factories where workers work...
VERY long hours for VERY low wages in EXTREMELY bad conditions. Sweatshops produce many of our everyday products including clothing, toys, shoes and furniture - including many designer brands.

Top 5 facts about sweatshop worker wages

1

A tough job

Sweatshop workers who produce clothes earn as little as 24 US dollars per month. And that’s the official minimum. Most workers only get 13-15 dollars per month. The people harvesting the cotton are not exactly millionaires either.


2

Some workers are not paid at all

Two of the industries where the use of slave labor is most common is the garment industry and the cotton industry.


3

Very dangerous conditions

Millions of cotton farmers are working in highly unsafe conditions. People work bare-footed, bare-handed and are directly exposed to pesticides. An Egyptian study found that 88 percent of cotton workers had never used protective clothing.


4

Complete lack of awareness

In a survey from Benin, West Africa, 45 percent of cotton farmers said they used pesticide containers to carry water, and 20–35 percent used them to hold milk or soup. Another study found that 86 percent of households in the cotton industry stored their pesticides in their bedroom.


5

Double standards...

No industrialized country would allow pesticides to be used under the conditions common in African cotton fields. But we are happy to buy the cheap cotton!



Sweatshop worker wages

Sweatshop workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh are paid just 24 US dollars per month. And that’s the official minimum. Most workers only get 13-15 dollars per month. The above number is based on the official minimum wage.


A tough job

Some workers are not paid at all

Very dangerous conditions

Complete lack of awareness

Double standards...

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