EIC head for minimum wage law to protect workers

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

27-May-2019  |  2 mins read

Ethiopian Garment Workers
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Remember the report released by New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights in May this year which underlined how factories in Ethiopia are making clothes for top global brands by paying their workers far less than counterparts in other low-paying countries.

Close on heels of this report, head of Ethiopia’s state-run investment body Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) Abebe Abebayehu observed it is time the Government settles on a minimum wage among others to protect the interests of the workers.

Abebe’s comments in this direction reportedly came during a discussion with a private channel, in Brussels, Belgium.

“We do not believe we have addressed certain types of issues that need to be tackled towards improving the living conditions of the workers,” underlined Abebe during the discussion, adding, “The salary that the report indicated does not take into account a number of other benefits that the investors provide.

But still as the basic salary we need to work as a Government towards setting a minimum salary that can provide the workers a decent way of living. But I think how low can this wage be is the question that should be asked.

How can we ensure that while providing competitive labour force we are also ensuring the well-being of workers… and also ensuring a decent standard of living for our workers?”

It is worth noting that as per the report, entry-level workers employed in Ethiopian garment factories making clothes for the world’s biggest fashion brands including H&M, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein among others, are the lowest paid in the world – earning just US $ 26 a month.

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