How ‘Fair’ Are Wage Practices along the Supply Chain? A Global Assessment

Part of the Advances in Labour Studies book series (AILS)


A number of recent reports and press media have highlighted the wage problems found among suppliers or subcontractors of a number of global apparel brands.2 This reality discovered at the end of the supply chain echoes the worrying wage trends also identified over the last decade at a global level — on poor real wage progression, the increase in low paid workers, the decreasing wage share and the rising of wage inequalities — and that may have been even further exacerbated by the current financial and economic crisis (ILO 2008a, 2010; Bernhardt, Chapter 2 in this volume). All this evidence is leading to increasing concerns about wages,3 and to a willingness of a series of actors — governments, NGOs, suppliers and brands themselves — to seriously address the crisis of wages.


Supply Chain Minimum Wage Wage Level Social Dialogue Piece Rate 
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