Workers' wages do seem low – but isn't the cost of living more affordable in garment-producing countries?
In comparison to the global north, garment-producing countries do yield a lower cost-of-living. That figure, however, does not represent a garment workers’ wage by proportion.
Thats why CCC advocates for a living wage.
By definition, a living wage provides workers (and their families) the means to afford basic needs – so they can live with dignity as a participating members of society.
A living wage reflects the local cost-of-living and social security benefits to cover the cost of:
- clean water
- nutritious food
- health care and transport
- discretionary income for unexpected expenses
The Asia Floor Wage uses an imaginary currency called Purchasing Power Parity $ (PPP$) to calculate living wages by region. Visit their site to see the numbers.