"Our concern is that any exemption negotiated for the garment industry would lead to hundreds of thousands of garment workers not having a wage that meets their basic needs," states the letter.
"FLA affiliates commit to a standard of fair compensation that is incompatible with the proposal to exempt garment workers from the country-wide minimum wage," said Jason Judd, FLA Vice President of Programs. "We all wish to see the ready-made garment and footwear sectors flourish in Myanmar, so we urge the government to create investment and growth based on decent employment conditions and fair compensation for workers."
The FLA wishes to recognize the 17 affiliates that signed the letter, weighing in on a critical wage policy question, and helping to advance the FLA's Fair Compensation strategy. They are: adidas Group; Best Promotions, Chenfeng Group, ChicoBag, College Kids, Kathmandu, Kranos Corporation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, National Memory Project, New Balance, Outerknown, Patagonia, Public Identity, Santa's Workshop, SEAsTra/SE Asia Trade, Top of the World, and Widget Wah. The complete letter appears below.