This week in the war on workers: Ivanka’s real brand is exploitation

[ Originally published on this site as post ]

You should read this Washington Post investigation of Ivanka Trump’s clothing manufacturing practices for a lot of reasons—to hear from the workers, to be reminded how far Trump rhetoric on workers diverges from Trump practice, and to learn something about what goes into your clothes, Ivanka-branded or not. Sample:

A 25-year-old woman said PT Buma hires her as a fabric cutter on a day-to-day basis, paying her a monthly salary that ranges between $68 to $135 for as much as 24 days of work — far below the region’s minimum wage and a rate that workers advocates say is probably a violation of local law.

The fabric cutter and her husband have to borrow money to cover their daily expenses and those of their 10-year-old son, who lives 45 minutes away with his grandmother. She sees him about once a month.

Their possessions consist of her husband’s motorbike and their clothes. “I have nothing,” she said.

Inside the factory, workers said supervisors berate employees if they fall behind their targets or if stitches need to be redone. “Work faster, these clothes are urgent,” one 30-year-old employee said she was told. “Why do you work slow?”

Erik Loomis summarizes:

… if anything, the Ivanka brand is even worse than the average American apparel manufacturer in caring about conditions in their supply chain. And let’s be clear, the average American apparel manufacturer is far worse than the average European manufacturer …