On Our Minds: Made in Eastern Europe

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by adakallgren on 7 September, 2016

Labour Behind the Label means that the gap between the minimum and living wage in some Eastern European countries is now greater than in China.

On our minds is the recent reveal that some footwear on the high street labelled ‘Made in Italy’ is actually produced by workers on poverty wages in Eastern Europe. After an investigation into European shoe manufacturing conducted by campaigners from various rights’ groups, it has shown that a ‘loophole’ in trading regulations allow shoes that have been made in a country with low labour costs and simply had their finishing touches done in e.g. Italy to be labelled ‘Made in Italy’. The researchers’ findings, gathered in a report, includes Albanian workers earning as little as 49p per hour; Macedonian workers fainting after having to deal with strong chemicals with little protection; and Romanian workers having to rely on livestock to feed themselves. UK-based garment worker rights organisation Labour Behind the Label means that the gap between the minimum and living wage in some of these countries is now greater than in China. Read more here.


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