Workers in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory are complaining about verbal abuse, impossible targets and ‘poverty pay’ so bad they have to live away from their children.
The reality of working in a factory making clothes for President Donald Trump’s daughter has been exposed in a story featuring employees who say they are paid so little they cannot live with their children. Those workers also complain about anti-union intimidation and other abuses.
The Guardian has spoken to more than a dozen workers at the fashion label’s factory in Subang, Indonesia, where employees describe being paid one of the lowest minimum wages in Asia and there are claims of impossibly high production targets and sporadically compensated overtime.
The workers’ complaints come only a week after labour activists investigating possible abuses at a Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump shoes disappeared into police custody.
The activists’ group claimed they had uncovered a host of violations at the plant including salaries below China’s legal minimum wage, managers verbally abusing workers and “violations of women’s rights”.
In the Indonesian factory some of the complaints are similar, although the wages paid to employees in Subang are much lower. PT Buma, a Korean-owned garment company started in Indonesia in 1999, is one of the suppliers of G-III Apparel Group, the wholesale manufacturer for prominent fashion brands including Ivanka Trump clothing.
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