Apache Footwear staff are paid the equivalent of 85p an hour based on a five-day week to make the star’s Adidas trainers
Factory workers making Kanye West ’s new Adidas trainers are paid just £147 a month, £3 less than the price of the £150 sneakers.
Fans queued for four days outside a shop in Nottingham in February to get their hands on the rapper’s latest line, the .
The limited edition shoes, which were expected to later trade online for up to £500, are made by workers who slave for 10 hours a day, six days a week.
They are expected to arrive 15 minutes early every day to sing the company song and attend production meetings, meaning they do an hour and a half unpaid time every week.
The Mirror teamed up with US-based China Labor Watch to find the Apache Footwear factory in Guangdong province where the shoes are made.
Pay is as low as £147 a month, just £6 more than the minimum legal wage there.
Apache staff are paid the equivalent of 85p an hour based on a five-day week.
By working an extra 20 hours a week, meaning six, 10-hour days, they can raise take-home pay to £329 a month.
The average wage in Chinese cities is £714.69 a month. The 80 hours’ overtime exceeds the 36 hours permitted by Chinese labour law.
Worker Fang Lee, 39, told how she was expected to stand for 10 hours a day. She said: “I am way too weary to stand for such a long time without rest.”
She said workers had to arrive at 7.15am, 15 minutes early, or be sacked. Mum-of-two Fang said: “I have to get up at 6am and take my children to school as my husband is working. The work and taking care of the children has worn me out. For the family’s sake, I must keep holding on.”
The family shares a single room, paying £40 a month rent. Fang said: “My basic wage is too low, so I have to work overtime to make ends meet. But even if I work 80 hours’ overtime every month, there is nothing much left.
“Everything goes on rent and living expenses. I have to take every opportunity to work overtime and not take leave or we will be in financial trouble.”
Adidas argues its supplier is allowed to take advantage of a loophole allowing some employers to use an average overtime figure for the year.
It is believed that Adidas paid 39-year-old Kanye, who has two children with his wife Kim Kardashian, £7million to collaborate on the Yeezy trainers.
are expected to turn up early to attend an unpaid morning meeting and sing the company song.
War on Want’s Owen Espley said the use of cheap labour was “shameful exploitation” and called for Adidas to be “held to account for the shocking conditions in their suppliers’ factories”.
Adidas said it was investigating the allegations of the early morning meeting and agreed that workers should be paid for attending meetings outside working hours.
The company said when bonuses and allowances were taken into account, the average take-home pay for an Apache worker was £329 a month.
A spokeswoman said: “We are fully committed to protecting worker rights and to ensuring fair and safe conditions in our factories.
“We only conduct business with overseas manufacturers who work in a fair, honest and responsible manner.
“We have strict procedures in place to ensure employees are paid and treated fairly.”