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Plight of garment workers exposed

Publish date: 13 May 2019
Issue Number: 823
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Ethiopia

Workers in Ethiopia’s fashion garment industry are the worst paid in the world. That’s according to a report by New York University Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights which notes that, on average, employees received $26 a month, making it difficult for them to ‘afford decent housing, food or transportation’. The Swedish fashion giant H&M is among a growing number of Western fashion brands that source items from Ethiopia. It told the BBC that it was committed to ensuring that workers who produced in Ethiopian factories receive fair wages.

Full BBC News report