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India's textile workers earn second lowest wage in the world

Textile workers across South Asia are badly paid, and India leads the pack, finds a new report that surveyed 12 leading textile-exporting countries

Textile workers across South Asia are badly paid, and India leads the pack, finds a new report that surveyed 12 leading textile-exporting countries

Indian textile workers receive the second lowest wages in the world, despite India being one of the world's leading textile-exporting countries. So says a recent media report in The Washington Post, a prominent US daily newspaper. Only Cambodian textile workers receive lower wages than those in India.

An analysis of workers' wages in a dozen textile-exporting countries by The Post found that while India's annual textile exports stood at $12.9 billion, workers were being paid an average wage of just $0.38 an hour. This was only marginally better than conditions in Cambodia, which had an average wage of $0.32 an hour and exported a significantly lower $1.9 billion worth of textiles.

In South Asia, Pakistan, which exported textiles worth $12.3 billion, paid workers a wage of $0.41 an hour, while Sri Lanka, with exports of $2.8 billion, paid its workers $0.48 per hour. China paid its workers in the industry a rate of $0.68 an hour, exporting a mammoth $79.7 billion worth of textiles. The figure for Thailand, where exports bring in $6.1 billion, stood at $0.91 per hour.

The report analysed textile industry wage rates in India, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Turkey and Mexico.

Source: PTI, November 18, 2004
www.sify.com, November 18, 2004