National, Retail

Ivanka Trump’s Chinese Subcontractor Pays $1 an Hour

May 2, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC – Workers in a Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump’s brand of clothing get paid barely $62 a week to knit blouses that sell for $79—and they have to toil almost 60 hours a week for it, according to an audit by the Fair Labor Association released Apr. 24.

The factory is a subcontractor for G-III Apparel Group, which has had an exclusive license to manufacture Ivanka Trump clothing since 2012, and also makes apparel for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. A two-day inspection last October by the industry-monitoring group found that the 80 workers were required to work 57 hours a week “on a regular basis” and continually exceeded the Chinese legal limit of 36 hours overtime per month. For this, they made roughly $255 to $283 a month, half the average manufacturing wage in urban areas and below the minimum wage for some parts of the country. The nonunion factory also offered legally required health and unemployment benefits to fewer than a third of its workers. The Fair Labor Association cited another G-III factory in China in 2015 because 15% of its workers made below minimum wage, some as little as $3.30 a day, and its first-aid kits contained only cotton swabs and Band-Aids. Read more

May 1, 2017

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