Workers at Chinese factory for Ivanka Trump brand earn only $60 a week: report

26 April 2017

Workers at a Chinese factory producing clothing for Ivanka Trump's line earned about $60 a week for nearly 60 hours of work, according to a new report.

According to a report in The Washington Post yesterday, an audit of the factory found that the factory's 80 workers earned a little more than $62 per week.

The factory produced clothes for G-III Apparell group, which had created clothing for Ivanka Trump's brand since 2012, apart from Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, according to the report.

The Fair Labor Association, a watchdog body for the retail industry, toured the factory in October and came across scores of violations of international labour standards set by the UN International Labor Organization.

According to the report, the audit did not indicate whether the factory was working specifically on Trump-branded clothing when the inspection was carried out.

The workers' pay also fell below the minimum wage in some parts of China, according the report, and the long hours exceeded the nation's laws limiting overtime to 36 hours per month.

The report said the workers worked up to 82 hours of overtime.

Sales of Ivanka Trump's brand were up since president Trump assumed office.

Inspectors with the Fair Labor Association said in the report that workers faced daunting hours, high turnover, and were paid near or below China's minimum wage.

The inspection offered a glimpse into the harsh working conditions under which workers toiled to make Trump's fashion brand a multimillion-dollar business.

The release of the report also comes at a time when Ivanka had sought to cast herself as both a champion of workplace issues and a defender of her father's ''buy American, hire American'' agenda, according to commentators.

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