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June 19, 2013

Poverty wages: the excuses are running out

“A living wage is a human right,” says Ineke Zeldenrust, Coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign’s International Secretariat, “and the right of workers to a living wage needs to be respected. Full stop.”  MSN spoke with Zeldenrust about why cross-border organizing is necessary to win respect for that right.

May 25, 2012

WAC's wage-theft victory

The Maquila Solidarity Network congratulates the Workers’ Action Centre (WAC), based in Toronto, Canada, on an important victory in its campaign against wage theft. WAC’s campaign has stopped the Ontario provincial government from making severe cuts in inspections and enforcement of employment standards regulations in the province.

April 18, 2012

Cambodian tribunal examines low wages, mass faintings

The Peoples Tribunal on a Living Wage, which was held in Phnom Penh on February 5 and 6, found that the combination of inadequate nutrition, excessive working hours, and exposure to hot, dusty working environments and harmful chemicals amounts to "a systematic violation of [workers'] fundamental right to a decent human life."

October 1, 2004

Living Wage Standards in Codes of Conduct

This 2004 paper surveys various Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives on how they determine a living wage for apparel workers, and recommends clauses on wages to include in codes of conduct.