Supply Chain Innovation

Outdated Legal Minimum Wage for Garment Workers in Georgia

Publication date: 
Friday, June 26, 2015

In the mid-1990s, after the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the emergence of a newly independent Georgia, the administration of president Eduard Shevardnadze instituted minimum wage levels for workers in that country – and the 90s-era monthly minimum of 20 Georgian lari for private sector workers has never increased.

The National Statistics Office of Georgia calculates that subsistence minimum wages for a family of four would be well more than ten times that amount, and the Clean Clothes Campaign estimates a living wage for a family of four at about 65 times that amount.  Our issue brief shares how two FLA affiliates sourcing from Georgia took an active role in defining starting wages at their supplier factories, by consulting with local civil society organizations, and with the national statistics office of Georgia. 

The FLA highly encourages an approach to wages that incorporates these steps, and goes even further to involve workers in a collective bargaining process that brings their voices to the forefront -- especially in the absence of any legitimate government guidelines on wages.

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