Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu is an important garment-manufacturing city in India with a long history of tense relations around wages. SAI began working with government, employers, and workers in Tiruppur in 2016 to foster collaborative conversation on practical steps to achieve a living wage for the city. This is an ongoing initiative; SAI is seeking participants from Tiruppurâs garment industry and civil sector and from international organizations and companies with interests in the Tiruppur garment industry for stakeholder workshops in 2019. Read about the initiative and learn how you can help advance wages in Tiruppur.
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What is a living wage?
Remuneration received for a standard work week by a worker in a particular [time and] place sufficient to afford a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transport, clothing and other essential needs including provision for unexpected events.
How is it calculated?
The Global Living Wage Coalition supports the use of the Anker Methodology for estimating living wages globally. This methodology, developed by renowned living wage experts Richard Anker and Martha Anker uses a combination of primary and secondary data to create highly accurate, robust living wage estimates that are transparent, internationally comparable, and locally specific.
What Makes our Methodology Unique?
This manual, authored by Richard Anker and Martha Anker, describes a new methodology to measure the decent but basic standard of living in different countries, and how much workers need to earn to support themselves and their families. This information allows researchers to estimate comparable living wages around the world and determine gaps between living wages and prevailing wages, even in countries with limited secondary data.
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The overall goal of this project is to improve conditions for workers through supply-chain efforts in Costa Rica and Belize, while also contributing to dialog and progress on living wages and shared value globally.
This programme aims to promote Living Wages for workers in flowers and plants by producing research on living wage and wage setting in Ethiopia and Kenya. The programme aims to build awareness regarding wage issues, mutual trust required for collaboration and acceptance of the need for Living Wage among supply chain actors.
In both Ecuador and Ghana, bananas continue to be a core commodity for income generation. This pilot project provides a powerful opportunity to determine the gap between actual wages and living wages, and ultimately establish a living wage benchmark in each country using the Anker methodology.
The Malawi Tea 2020 Programme is an ambitious, action-oriented coalition of Malawian tea producers, trade unions, major international tea buyers, relevant certification standards, NGOs, and donors.
Living wage is based on cost of living in a specific geography. Therefore, living wage benchmarks are applicable to all workers regardless of sector, industry, or job type. At the same time, many geographies are dominated by a few sectors, and some sector platforms have developed significant living wage activities which cut across several different geographies or countries. The Global Living Wage Coalition members are also engaged more actively with certain sectors. As such, most living wage benchmark reports reference sectors which either dominate the landscape or were instrumental in realizing completion of the study.
The Global Living Wage Coalition offers content by industry for easy reference on all living wage benchmarks, case studies, and other resources that are available in geographies that are important to that sector.
- Burkina Faso
- Costa Rica
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Papua New Guinea
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
Living wage is based on cost of living in a specific geography. Often times, the geographic scope is at a sub-country level, and typically there are differences between rural and urban or peri-urban areas. As such, there can easily be more than one living wage benchmark per country.
The Global Living Wage Coalition offers content organized by country for quick access to the relevant living wage benchmarks, case studies, and related resources which may be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders.