The Guardian spoke to more than a dozen workers at one of Ivanka Trump’s clothing factories in Subang, Indonesia, where employees are paid “one of the lowest minimum wages in Asia,” while being asked to achieve “impossibly high production targets” and receiving little or not compensation for overtime work.
“The workers’ complaints come only a week after labour activists investigating possible abuses at a Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump shoes disappeared into police custody,” notes Varagur.
When one of the employees there, named Alia, heard about Ivanka Trump’s new book on women in the workplace, says Varagur, she burst out laughing. “Her idea of work-life balance, she said, would be if she could see her children more than once a month.”
“Women who are permanent employees… do get certain concessions: three months’ paid maternity leave… mandatory federal health insurance and a monthly bonus of $10.50 if they don’t take a day off for menstruation,” Varagur says.
“Just because something is legal, doesn’t mean it is moral,” Jim Keady, an American labor rights activist who has worked in Indonesia told Varagur. As Varagur discovered, many of the workers do not know their rights and have been cheated of wages and holiday bonuses. “The buck stops with her,” Keady said of Ivanka. “It’s her name that’s on the dress. Without her there is no brand.”