European Teenage Consumers in a Globalized world
 European Teenage Consumers in a Globalized world

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We found the proofs of origin of many of our clothes on the sewed-in labels in our sweatshirts, jackets, jeans and T-shirts.

Renowened companies like Tom Taylor, Jack & Jones, S'Oliver, HardRock Café, H & M, Esprit, Mister +Lady, Nike, Only, Denim & Co, Peek & Cloppenburg "confess" to produce in low wage  countries like China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Turkey, Thailand,Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia,Malaysia.

Also toy producing companies like nintendo, Disney, Funko and nici were among the firms that make their goods in those countries.

 

 

 

 

see below the list of MINIMUM wages in these countries and the weekly working hours

Country

Hourly wage

  US $

purchasing power parity of household final consumption expenditure

workweek

(hours)

Bangladesh

0.09

0.25

48

Cambodia

no data

data

48

China

2.12

3.44

40

Malaysia

1.18

2.39

48

Pakistan

0.62

2.04

48

Taiwan

4.05

8.02

42

Thailand

1.15

2.86

48

Turkey

2.82

4.3

45

Croatia

3.04

4.25

40

Germany

11.28

10.34

40.5

Italy

no data

no data

40

Sweden

no data

no data

40

USA

7.25

7.25

40

 

The minimum wages given refer to a gross amount, that is before deduction of taxes and social security contributions, which vary from one country to another. Also excluded from calculations are regulated paid days off, including public holidays, sick pay, annual leave and social insurance contributions paid by the employer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minimum_wages_by_country (checked on the internet on 16 December 2015)

Minimum wages in Germany are fairly high in comparison to wages in those countries where our clothes and toys are produced (of course the purchasing power is rather low on the German market). If we consider the profits every stage of trading and transport makes with these products, we can guess what the workers in those low wage countries might get. Not much, not enough to earn a good living!

What would you say if we pay a bit more for the products and the workers get this "bit more". This would help them a lot!

 

 

 

(classes: HH15 B, HH15 D, HSG 14 at Berufskolleg des Kreises Olpe, Germany)

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