In the latest installment of our ongoing series, we take a look at what it’s like to work in China’s textiles industry.
For most textile workers, the day to day grind of running a factory is exhausting.
But the vast majority of workers in China do not have the resources to escape their factory’s day-to-day struggles.
A recent survey conducted by the Institute of Textile Industry Research (ITIR) found that nearly half of workers surveyed were still not in a good state of health.
As the textile industry grows in size and scope, there is a growing demand for quality and sustainability.
In the US, companies are increasingly investing in sustainability and health care, but in China, that hasn’t translated to jobs for the average worker.
The ITIR survey found that a quarter of the textile workers surveyed didn’t have a job offer for the following year, with an average salary of less than $50,000 a year.
And more than one in four of those surveyed said they would not be able to find a full-time job within the next two years.
To understand the scale of this crisis, it’s important to understand how the industry works.
There are two types of textile factories: the primary factory, where all the work is done by hand, and secondary, where the weaving, finishing, and weaving services are outsourced to third-party companies.
The primary factory is the one you can see in the image above, where every garment is made by hand.
The primary factories are owned by large textile companies like China Textiles or the Hanfu Group, which has a huge presence in China.
They are also often referred to as textile factories because the workers are paid to do their job.
The secondary factories, on the other hand, are owned and managed by smaller companies and have a limited number of employees.
These secondary factories have less access to the same resources as the primary factories and also are not able to offer the same level of health care as the main factory.
This has led to a huge increase in the number of textile workers in the US.
According to ITIR, in 2015, there were 8.8 million textile workers globally.
Of those, just over 2.3 million were in the United States, making up roughly 5% of all textile workers.
According to the ITIR report, this was mostly due to an influx of migrants from Asia and the Caribbean.
The main reason for the increase in textile workers from Asia is a lack of employment opportunities, with only 2.4% of textile factory workers from Asian countries employed.
It’s also important to note that textile workers are mostly low-skilled workers.
More than 70% of primary textile workers were classified as low-wage workers, and only 2% of secondary textile workers had the same job classification.
Another problem with the secondary industry is the lack of support from local governments.
“Local governments are often unable to provide adequate healthcare and other social services to textile workers,” the ITIN report states.
With a shrinking number of workers and increasing wages, China has created a vast pool of workers willing to work at the secondary factory.
But many of those workers lack health insurance and have to rely on food stamps to get by.
Despite the low wages, many workers are still willing to risk their lives for a better working life.
In the video above, you can hear a woman working at the primary textile factory tell her story.
“I have three children, I have a wife and two daughters.
I work at this factory for two years and every day I have to go to work.
Every day I see other workers working, but I have no money for my own food,” she said.
I feel like a slave, she said, “I cannot leave because I have three kids.
I want to work, but if I can’t work I can never get the money to pay for my family.”
She says that when she starts working, she feels like a “slave.”
“I think I have worked at this textile factory for almost two years, I work every day for two hours and my kids go to school every day,” she continued.
“It’s difficult for me to leave.”
“When you are working in a factory you are not allowed to talk to anyone, you have to wear masks and go to a separate room,” she added.
“We have to live a certain way to earn money.”
The ITIN survey revealed that only 3% of the primary and secondary textile worker populations surveyed in China have health insurance, and another 3% do not receive a government subsidy for their health care.
Although many textile workers do have health care coverage, they do not often have access to it.
According to an article published in The New York Times, one