Vietnam has a strong record of poverty reduction, but today, increasing inequality is threatening decades of progress. To tackle the dangerous gap between rich and poor, Vietnam should urgently implement progressive policies on governance, taxation, public spending, public services, labour rights, and civic engagement.
In Myanmar, the garment industry is growing rapidly, providing jobs for around 300,000 workers. However, workers expressed concern about low wages, long hours and safety issues in a research conducted by Oxfam. Read Ei Yin Mon's story.
This summary of recent Oxfam research in Morocco, Kenya, Malawi, Vietnam and Myanmar paints a picture of workers, mostly women, who are working hard but trapped in poverty producing food and garments for consumers.
What are the barriers to ensuring that a living wage is paid, and what are the root causes of low wages?
Oxfam’s Ethical Trading Manager, Rachel Wilshaw said “A year after the tragedy at Rana Plaza, the fight for better working conditions and pay for garment workers in countries like