In most production countries of the textile industry, the minimum wages paid fall short of being a living wage. A 'Living Wage' is generally defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet the basic needs of himself/herself and his/her family, including some discretionary income. The minimum wage, if any, is usually lower than the living wage. This income gap can currently only be closed by the buyer. The issue of "living wages" thus poses a structural problem. Joint action is needed to solve this problem. For this reason, various members of the Textiles Partnership have joined forces in the Partnership Initiative on Living Wages .
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