Higher minimum wage in Myanmar: bad news for workers?

This year the legal minimum wage in Myanmar was raised. In this article the actual effects and feared negative impacts of the new minimum wage are described. SOMO is calling on garment factories in Myanmar,…

Garment industry in Myanmar far from fair

After years of sanctions, trade with Myanmar (formerly Burma) has started to flow. Low wages and favourable trade conditions are luring garment production from the region to this fragile democracy. Big and lesser known European…

Branded Childhood

How garment brands contribute to low wages, long working hours, school dropout and child labour in Bangladesh

Flawed Fabrics report has international impact

A report titled ‘Flawed Fabrics’ was published recently. Jointly authored by the SOMO and the India Committee of the Netherlands (LIW), it describes how the South Indian girls and young women who make the yarn…

Made by…whom?

Where are our clothes made? What route do they follow from cotton field to yarn to garment? Bargain-seekers have no way of knowing how things actually work in spinning mills and garment factories. But then…

Fatal Fashion

Analysis of recent factory fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh: a call to protect and respect garment workers’ lives