Romania - Precarious work in the garment industry - February 29, 2016

The Italian-owned knitwear factory, Maglierie Cristian Impex, is one of the largest clothing factories in Romania, with about 1,000 staff. But some workers mutter they have not been paid while others say they received wages only once every two or three months last year. Workers, who are overwhelmingly women, are often hired on the legal minimum wage of less than 200 euro a month net and may earn even less, say workers and campaigners such as the Fair Wear Foundation and Clean Clothes Campaign. The Labour Inspectorate said inspections between 2013 and 2015 found the Zendoo Style factory in Calarasi did not respect the law on salary payments, working hours, overtime and rest time for workers. The company, which employed about 80 people, was fined for failing to rectify these issues. A report by the Clean Clothes Campaign, a group that lobbies to improve conditions for workers in the sector, found poverty-level wages, dangerous working conditions and forced overtime were ‘endemic  throughout the garment industry’.

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