Low wages, forced and often unpaid overtime, and harmful working environments are some of the problems faced by clothing workers in Poland and the Czech Republic, according to new research by labour rights campaigners.
The two East European countriies compete in the clothing production business with the claim that their production is of high quality. Beyond this claim, however, another story of low wages can be found, says the Clean Clothes Campaign.
Production sites in Poland and the Czech Republic produce for high-price brands, but workers just earn the legal minimum wage or less: in 2015, the net minimum monthly wage in Poland was €312; in the Czech Republic €390.
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