Just a small increase in the price of the FAIR SHARE garment makes it possible to pay the poorest workers in the factory a wage increase of 50%.
The aim of the FAIR SHARE project is to pay all the workers a living wage. To make this happen, we conducted a survey with the workers and a local NGO. We wanted to find out how much money a family with two adults and two children needs for a decent standard of living in their community in India.
Most garment workers are employed on the legal minimum wage, which is usually much below the living wage level. They earn more as they become better qualified and occupy more senior positions. However, even then they still do not earn as much as they need for a decent standard of living.
Since the start of the FAIR SHARE project in January 2016, all the workers receive a living wage premium with their monthly wages.
The project so far only takes around 10% of the factory’s production capacity, so for now everyone receives extra 650 rupees. This is not a living wage yet, but if we can extend the project, every worker will get at least the living wage.