‘Harsh’ tactics used to keep wages low for Vietnamese garment workers

European and U.S. fashion brands sourcing from Vietnam must stop their “harsh” tactics that push down workers’ wages and trap millions in poverty, labor rights campaigners said on Thursday.

Earlier this year, charity Oxfam criticized Australian fashion firms for using a “system of entrenched exploitation” that see workers in their supply chains in Bangladesh and Vietnam not earning a living wage.

These tactics include pressuring garment factory owners during price negotiations or using short-term contracts.

A living wage means enough money is earned to cover basic needs such as food, housing, education and healthcare.

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