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Fair Wear Foundation has been invited to participate in the development of a European joint action plan on Living Wages.
The process, led by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BUZA), is designed to coordinate and strengthen work being done by a range of organisations on living wage issues.
The specific focus of the plan will be on the industrial sector in Asia, where the majority of garments for the European market are produced. In most countries, legal minimum wages are significantly lower than estimates for living wages – pay levels that ensure that families can afford basic needs like food and housing. The payment of a living wage is one of FWF’s core labour standards.
The current draft of the plan will be discussed by companies, unions, governments and other stakeholders on the 9th of September in The Hague. The action plan will then be finalised at the European Conference on Living Wages in Berlin on the 25th and 26th of November. FWF will share research on the relationship between wages and product costs. FWF will also present the Wage Ladder tool, which allows easy-to-understand comparisons between living wage estimates and a factory’s actual pay levels.