Race to the Bottom starves workers globally

A new study by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), University of Surrey in the UK, has shown once again how the clothing supply chain around the world brings mega profits to the companies but poverty wages for workers in a global Race to the Bottom. The researchers examined the supply chains of major European clothing companies and found that on average garment workers barely received half of what is calculated as a living wage. In addition, the researchers also found that it was the agricultural workers, who sit at the bottom of these global supply chains that were the ones who got paid the least. The study found that the presence of strong, independent unions led to higher wages for workers.