A shocking report has revealed the poor conditions suffered by workers who make Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. The G-Ill Apparel group, who have held the exclusive license to produce Ivanka’s clothing line since 2012, has staff in one Chinese factory earn just $1 an hour while being forced to work up to 82 hours of overtime every month!
Ivanka Trump’s clothing line has grown in popularity since the election of her father, Donald Trump as president. In fact, Ivanka’s clothing saw sales rise by 332% in January and February this year, with net sales up by $17.9 million by January 31st this year.
However, it doesn’t seem like much of this profit is being passed back to the workers who make the clothes, most of which are made in China (although Ivanka also has factories in Vietnam, Bangladesh and South America).
Despite Chinese law preventing people working more than 36 hours of overtime, factory workers were regularly required to work 57 hours extra each week just to meet production targets, with some periods showing as much as 82 hours of overtime being worked. This equates to earnings of just $255-$283 per month – less than half of what the average manufacturing employee earns, and below the minimum wage in some areas of China.
Less than a third of Ivanka’s Chinese employees were being given the mandatory benefits such as a pension or medical, maternity, unemployment or work-related injury insurance. Chinese law also requires employers help with housing costs – but this wasn’t being done either.
With just 5 days off per year and factory-appointed representatives, it is clear that conditions are bad. What’s more, the report shows that there was no training on how to handle equipment or reduce injuries or diseases from the chemicals that were being used.
While Ivanka stepped down from managing her clothing line when she took an adviser’s role in the White House, company assets which are valued at $50 million are in a trust, which is (conveniently) controlled by her husband, Jared Kushner’s family.
Of course, there is also the irony of Ivanka’s clothing being made overseas despite Donald Trump’s frequent assertions to “buy American, hire American.” Just last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order to ‘ensure that American labor is hired,’ saying:
It seems that for Ivanka Trump’s clothing, at least, the lure of cheaper labor is stronger than any patriotic spirit – or the fair treatment of employees!