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Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump ’ s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than a week, according to a factory audit released Monday.
Ivanka Trump looks like she' s sending a message, fashion-wise, by baring a shoulder for her father' s third presidential debate against Democratic Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump ’ s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a
Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit released Monday.
The factory’s 80 workers knit clothes for the contractor, G-III Apparel Group, which has held the exclusive license to make the Ivanka Trump brand’s $158 dresses, $79 blouses and other clothes since 2012. The company also makes clothes for Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and other brands.
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China gave her business potentially lucrative provisional trademark approvals the day she and President Trump had dinner with China's president in South FloridaChina gave her business potentially lucrative provisional trademark approvals the day she and President Trump were having dinner with the Chinese president at the Trump estate in South Florida.
A new report by a watchdog group found the Chinese knitting factory used by a company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump ' s brand has poor conditions Inspectors spent two days touring the facility in October, ultimately determining that workers experienced high turnover, pay at or below China ' s
Chinese factory used by Ivanka Trump ’ s fashion line found in violation of two dozen international labour standards, according to the G-III Apparel Group holds the exclusive license to make Ivanka Trump -brand clothing . Other firms, like the factory pictured here, hold contracts to make the brand’ s
Trump has no leadership role in G-III, and the report did not give the factory’s name or location, or say whether it was working on Ivanka-brand products at the time of the inspection.
Inspectors with the Fair Labor Association, an industry monitoring group whose members include Apple and Nike, found two dozen violations of international labor standards during a two-day tour of the factory in October, saying in a report that workers faced daunting hours, high turnover, and pay near or below China’s minimum wage.
The inspection offers a rare look at the working conditions of the global manufacturing machine that helped make Trump’s fashion brand a multimillion-dollar business.
Its release also comes as the president’s daughter has sought to cast herself as both a champion of workplace issues and a defender of her father’s “buy American, hire American” agenda. Trump, whose book “” debuts next week, was in Germany on Tuesday for public discussions about global entrepreneurship and empowerment.
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A Chinese factory manufacturing clothing for Ivanka Trump ' s fashion brand pays its workers just a week, an audit showed. Inspectors looking into the G-III Apparel Group – which holds the exclusive rights to manufacture Ivanka ' s fashion line
grueling production targets and deplorably low pay at an Indonesian factory that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump ’ s clothing label. Many of the female workers at the factory in West Java say the pay is so low Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400
“We can add billions to the global economy by creating an enabling environment, increasing women’s labour force participation and business ownership, and improving the productivity of their work,” Trump wrote in a Financial TimesMonday.
Trump’s company declined to comment on the factory inspection. Messages left with G-III were not returned.
Now an official adviser to her father’s White House, Trump stepped down from her management role but retains an ownership interest in her name-brand company. Its assets were moved into a trust that is now overseen by her husband’s siblings. Trump is the sole beneficiary of the trust, which is valued at more than $50 million.
Chinese factories are by far the dominant suppliers for Ivanka clothes, though G-III also works with manufacturers across Vietnam, Bangladesh and South America. G-III factories overseas have shipped more than 110 tons of Ivanka-brand blouses, skirts, dresses and other garments to the United States since October, shipping data shows.
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Workers from at Ganzhou Huajian International Shoe City Co., a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands, say The video has not been released to the public, but it was shown to AP at China Labor Watch’ s office in New York. Marc Fisher, which has made shoes for
Workers at a factory that makes clothes for Ivanka Trump ’ s fashion label say they get verbally abused Photograph: John Lamparski/Getty In the Indonesian factory some of the complaints are similar, although the wages paid to employees in Subang are much lower . Here we look at life inside
The clothing line licensed by President Trump’s private business is also almost entirely made in foreign factories. Trump last weekan executive order that he said would push the government to “aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.”
Workers at the G-III factory in China were required to work 57 hours a week “on a regular basis” to hit production targets, inspectors found. Though Chinese law sets the limit for overtime at 36 hours per month, workers in all of the factory’s departments exceeded that limit, working up to 82 hours of overtime a month between September 2015 and August 2016.
The factory’s workers made between 1,879 and 2,088 yuan a month, or roughly $255 to $283, which would be below minimum wage in some parts of China. The average manufacturing employee in urban China made twice as much money as the factory’s workers, or roughly 4,280 yuan a month, according to national data from 2014.
Fewer than a third of the factory’s workers were offered legally mandated coverage under China’s “social insurance” benefits, including a pension and medical, maternity, unemployment and work-related injury insurance, inspectors found. The factory also did not contribute, as legally required, to a fund designed to help workers afford housing, inspectors said.
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GANZHOU, China >> A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands. An angry manager had hit him with the sharp end of a high-heeled shoe. Workers from the factory
WASHINGTON • Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ms Ivanka Trump ' s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than US ( S ) a week, according to a factory audit released on Monday.
Workers earned five days of leave a year, though a small fraction of experienced employees were eligible for more. The factory did not have a union, inspectors said, and the workers’ lone representative was a factory appointee.
Inspectors also cited the factory for a number of workplace safety concerns. It did not train loading workers on safety techniques or provide employees with equipment that could reduce injury, including lifting belts or seats with backrests.
The factory, which began operating in 1992, had also never sought an assessment of occupational disease hazards like those common among workers dealing with repetitive tasks and harsh chemicals.
Two inspectors from SMT-Global, a third-party monitoring group, inspected the factory one month before President Trump’s election victory. The Fair Labor Association then alerted G-III to the problems it had discovered — including 24 violations of standards set by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization — and asked what steps it would take in response.
The factory pledged to make some progress to improve training, assess hazards, hire more workers and reduce overtime demands. But it did not commit to increasing worker pay and at times pushed back against recommendations that could improve workplace safety.
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The namesake fashion of the president' s daughter has been produced under unsavory factory conditions in China , a new report details.
A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands. The video has not been released to the public, but it was shown to AP at China Labor Watch’ s office in New York.
Of occupational hazards, inspectors wrote that the “factory thinks the worker’s health is covered by social welfare and insurance policy, and working conditions such as chair and loading staff safety are not as important.”
The Washington-based Fair Labor Association was founded in 1999 by a group of nonprofits, universities and clothing companies after a series of scandals over sweatshop labor and other abuses.
The group has inspected more than 1,500 factories used by its affiliate companies, including G-III, whose contract factories in China, India and Pakistan have been inspected seven times since 2007. Factories are chosen at random for inspection, though company leaders are alerted of the audits beforehand, a Fair Labor Association spokesman said.
Other G-III factories in China have been cited for similar issues. In a 2015 Fair Labor Association audit, inspectors found that 15 percent of one factory’s workers made below minimum wage, or as little as $3.30 a day. The factory was also cited for weak safety protections, including running most of its sewing machines without needle guards and stocking its first-aid kits with only cotton swabs and Band-Aids.
Since partnering with Ivanka Trump’s company in 2012, G-III has been the sole licensor of Ivanka-brand clothing, though other firms hold contracts to make the brand’s shoes, handbags and jewelry. Trump has championed the company, saying in a 2012that “G-III has distinguished itself as a trusted partner for some of the world’s finest and most visible brands.”
Global sales of Trump’s brand have boomed in the months since her father began his pursuit of the White House. Net sales for her clothing collection soared by $17.9 million in the year that ended Jan. 31, G-III data shows.
An Ivanka company executive said the brand saw some of its “best performance ever” in February, the same month President Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” Conway wasby White House officials after the statement, which appeared to violate a federal rule banning public officials from endorsing private products.
Ivanka Trump sat next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month during a White House roundtable discussion on workforce development. She alsoTuesday in Berlin as part of a panel, alongside Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, devoted to women’s entrepreneurship.
Matea Gold contributed to this report.
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