Newsletter (3) Living Wage project 2013

08-10-2013

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The Netherlands and German governments will co-host the European Conference on Living Wage in Berlin on 25 & 26 November 2013. In the run up to this conference, Berenschot consultancy from the Netherlands has the pleasure to inform you about the preparations – in 3 newsletters (Spring, Summer, and Autumn).

This is the last Newsletter. We hope you have appreciated receiving this quarterly update. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. See below for our contact details.

Upcoming Event

Registration for The European Conference on Living Wage, Berlin, 25 & 26 November is now open

The conference is an important step in support of a positive shift towards realising living wages by building an international coalition that actively implements living wages for workers in international supply chains. Moreover, the conference will be a place to exchange best practices and to define follow-up activities. Registration for the conference is now open on the conference website (see link below). Here you will also find the conference programme, the conference note, and the Declaration of Intent on Living Wages: http://www.coc-runder-tisch.de/index.php/en/european-conference-on-living-wages

Past Event

Stakeholder Consultation Meeting

On 9 September 2013 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands hosted a Stakeholder Consultation meeting in preparation of the European Conference on living wages. Approximately 40 representatives from different companies, civil society, and governments discussed about the Draft Action Plan on living wage, the aims of the European Conference, and follow-up actions. Please note that comments on the Action Plan can still be uploaded until 10 October through the Stakeholder Forum at the Conference website: http://www.coc-runder-tisch.de/index.php/en/european-conference-on-living-wages

Living Wage Interview

Interview with Paulien Osse director of living wage Indicator

Director of the WageIndicator Foundation, Paulien Osse, talks to us about the need for transparency on minimum wages and collective agreements in sourcing countries. “Only when the legal requirements are known and met, can we start discussing a living wage. It is good to focus on the existing labour laws with the vision of a living wage in mind. Then we are on our way to improving wages in developing countrie.”

Read the full interview: http://www.berenschot.com/expertise/expertise-services/living-wage/interview-paulien/?reload=true

Living Wage in the news 2013

In each newsletter we like to share with you recent news that we found on the web. The list is not exhaustive.

  • ˜Fair wages help to retain trade privileges, The Daily Star, 1 October 2013: http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/fair-wages-to-help-retain-trade-privileges/
  • WageIndicator in Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopië, Zuid Soedan en Egypte (article in Dutch), Loonwijzer werkt al bijna wereldwijd, Volkskrant, 10 September 2011: https://csr.pleio.nl/blog/view/22907802/loonwijzer-werkt-al-bijna-wereldwijd
  • ˜ Bangladeshi union chief brings living wage campaign to London fashion week, The Guardian, 6 September 2013: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/06/bangladeshi-union-campaign-london-fashion
  • Fast and Flawed Inspections of Factories Abroad, The New York Times, 1 September 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/02/business/global/superficial-visits-and-trickery-undermine-foreign-factory-inspections.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
  • ˜Africa Investment - South African miners demand leap to "living wage", Reuters, 10 July 2013: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/10/africa-investment-idUSL5N0F503O20130710

  • Poor need living wage far above poverty threshold, Bangkok Post, 7 June 2013: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/353870/poor-need-living-wage-far-above-poverty-threshold

Stakeholders’ Update

In each newsletter we like to inform you of news updates from stakeholders. Feel free to provide us with information on your activities for the next issue. The list below is a random overview of stakeholder’s activities from the web.

  • Berenschot and the Centre for Policy Dialogue (Bangladesh), published the report Estimating a Living Minimum Wage for the Ready Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh. The report calculates living wages by using three different methodologies. The purpose of the report was to feed into the discussions of the Minimum Wage Board that is currently preparing its advice on a new minimum wage for the sector. The report is available on our website in the list of downloads: www.berenschot.com/livingwage. The report has hit the headlines of major newspapers in Bangladesh. Refer to the website of CPD for an overview of press reports: http://cpd.org.bd/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/RMG-min-KGM-press.pdf
  • Inretail, MODINT en VGT, textile trade associations in the Netherlands, presented an Action Plan to Ms Ploumen the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (link to page in Dutch): http://www.rndweb.nl/websites/rnd/docs/2013_06_20__Plan_van_aanpak_verduurzaming_Nederlandse_textiel-_en_kledingsector_1.0_met_cover.pdf
    Minister Ploumen describes the action plan as an important step towards improving working conditions for textile workers in countries such as Bangladesh (Link to page in Dutch):
    http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/nieuws/2013/06/20/ploumen-actieplan-textielsector-is-belangrijke-stap.html
  • Oxfam and International Procurement & Logistics Ltd, published a report on Living wages for African Flower Workers: Exploring the links between international business and poverty reduction. Bouquets and beans from Kenya:http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/rr-exploring-links-ipl-poverty-footprint-090513-summ-en.pdf

Contact

For more information, please contact Ms Claudia Schlangen c.schlangen@berenschot.nl or Ms Irina van der Sluijs i.vandersluijs@berenschot.nl.

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