Predatory purchasing practices in global apparel supply chains and the employment relations squeeze in the Indian garment export industry

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While the literature has long acknowledged worker rights abuses in global apparel supply chains, less attention has been paid to the recent worsening of certain decent work deficits and its causes, which this article links to predatory purchasing practices arising from growing power asymmetries. These practices, illustrated here by the garment export industry in India, exert downward pressure on wages and incite non-standard forms of employment and greater verbal and physical abuse as productivity demands rise. They can be addressed through pricing mechanisms that cover the cost of decent work, appropriate State regulation and worker involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Labour Review
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Purchasing
Supply chains
Wages
Costs
Industry
Productivity
Supply chain
Abuse
Employment relations
Apparel
Pricing mechanism
Asymmetry
Workers
Workers' rights
State regulation
India

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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