On November 21 2013 the Bangladeshi Government announced a raise in the minimum wage from 3,000 taka to 5,300 taka. Even though this represents an increase of 71% it still falls a long way short of a living wage.
Wage situation in Eastern and Southern Europe
The 2013 Asia Floor Wage figure is PPP$ 725. Below is this calculation in local currency.
The Asia Floor Wage Alliance is a growing alliance of Trade Unions and labour rights activists, some of our members are listed below.
The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) is an international alliance of trade unions and labour rights activist who are working together to demand garment workers are paid a living wage.
Benchmarks on what constitutes a living wage in Bangladesh differ. The current minimum wage (5.300 taka) is only 27% of the average of these estimated living wages.
The Tailored Wages report, published in March 2014 was the result of a brand survey carried out by the Clean Clothes Campaign to try to get hold of the facts about who is doing what to ensure a living wage is paid to workers making our clothes. Since it’s publication in March 2014, Tailored Wages has drawn a number of responses from the retailers profiled and we felt it was important to give a space to note these positive steps in policy and strategy development.
A regional calculation of a living wage is necessary in order to ensure workers receive a decent wage. The Asia Floor Wage calculates a floor level that no wage in Asia should drop below.
We believe that all garment workers should be paid a wage they can live on; because having a job should mean being able to support yourself and your family.
Across Asia governments set minimum wage levels which companies are obliged to comply with. However in every garment producing country the Asia Floor Wage Alliance works in the minimum wage levels fall far below a wage a person could live on. All figures are for a monthly salary.
The Asia Floor Wage Alliance has an international steering committee that represents workers from across the region and partners in Europe and the United States.
Most of the world's garments are made in Asia, and yet the Asian workers who make them are paid the least.