Romanian garment workers paid below legal minimum
wage, alleges CCC
There have been lot of talks on how underpaid garment workers in
Asian countries are and how often they have to undergo various
workers’ rights violations. But what about their counterparts in the
developed nations of Europe…
As per a recent report of Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), garment
workers in Romania are frequently denied acceptable working
conditions and paid below the legal minimum wage, which if equated,
comes to as little as 14 per cent of a ‘living wage’.
“Garment brands often pride themselves on bringing employment to
countries in dire need of it and offering women, especially, a way
out of poverty. Our research shows that sewing for factories that
produce for Western European fashion brands in Romania does not lift
workers out of poverty and, they are forced to survive by taking
debts and separating families,” underlined co-author of the report
In the report, CCC draws attention to the fact that this practice
needs to be remedied by EU legislation.
“None of the brands buying clothes from Romania have engaged with
labour and human rights violations in Romania in any effective way.
It is high time for the EU to introduce binding Human Rights rules
along supply chains and to address the wide divergence within the
continent…,” explained Bettina.
Names like Armani, Asos, C&A, Esprit, H&M, Hugo Boss, Levi Strauss,
Next, Marks & Spencer, Primark and Zara, are amongst some prominent
ones that reportedly source from this region.