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WASHINGTON – H&M and PVH Corp, which owns Tommy Hilfiger, have responded to claims that they have only shifted sourcing to Ethiopia due to low wages in the country’s garment sector as part of a continued race to the bottom. PVH said it had a goal of paying all workers no less than a living wage, an interesting claim given that credible reports suggest wages for Ethiopian garment industry workers are as low as 12 cents an hour and the country does not have a minimum wage, and is unlikely to introduce one for the foreseeable future. PVH is the anchor tenant at Hawassa Industrial Park which has been beset by strikes in recent weeks as workers complain about low wages and a lack of labour rights.

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