The Asia Floor Wage Campaign developing

The Asia Floor Wage Campaign is a campaign to set a concrete minimum living wage across Asia. Launched on October 9, 2009, the Campaign calls on companies sourcing garment products in Asia to implement an Asia Floor Wage to improve the current wages of garment factory workers that do not cover basic needs and fall far short of a living wage. The Campaign brings together a wide range of labor organizations from eight Asian countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand – as well as trade unions, NGOs, anti-sweatshop movements, solidarity groups, and academics from Europe and the US.

This alliance is directed mainly towards three campaign targets: (i) brands and retailers, (ii) large manufacturers, and (iii) governments.

Athough the Asia Floor Wage is different in each country, it has the objective of covering the same set of goods and services in all countries. Based on a range of wage survey data and analyses of national economies and political situations across Asia, the campaign set the Asia Floor Wage for 2009 at 475 PPP$.

The following articles show how the Asia Floor Wage is developing and is also stimulating the debate on wages along the supply chain.