You know, I am really not that interested in Twitter wars between a two soccer stars but during the Superbowl, Joey Barton accused David Beckham of using sweatshops to make his new H&M underwear and that something that costs a penny to make should not be selling for $15.
"Not arsed if they’re Beckham’s or not. 9.99 pounds for a pair of gruds for H and M is an outrage. Do one, Becks. They cost about 1p to make in a sweat shop in the Third World, Is there no limit to what ‘Brand Beckham’ will endorse for a pound note?"
The thing is, Joey Barton is correct and David Beckham called Joey a madman for bringing it up and also said he was not using child labor. I don't see anywhere in those Tweets about Beckham using child labor. Now I am wondering if they were and Beckham is feeling guilty. The thing is H&M got some calls yesterday and they said all the people making the underwear are making at least the statutory minimum wage. Have you ever looked to see what the minimum wage is in China? Each province sets their own and H&M won't say which province they are made in because this way we just have to guess.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Since they won't tell, lets just use the lowest minimum wage the country has. It is $71.50. A month. Yep. At least 40 hours a week four weeks a month and you get $71.50. Do you think if you are paying someone only $71 a month that a product costs very much to make? Do you want to give H&M the benefit of the doubt and assume they are paying the most? The highest minimum wage I could find was $202 a month. So, a little over $1 an hour if they are only working 40 hours a week. David Beckham should watch out who he is calling a madman for criticizing him.