Photo: Alan Jacobsen © Sidney Hillman Foundation

Kalpona Akter and the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity

28 Mar 2014 by Oxfam

Kalpona is a former child worker who started work in garment factories when she was twelve. She is now the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), one of Bangladesh’s most prominent labour rights organisations. Find out how you can help improve the rights of workers in Bangladesh.

Photo: Alan Jacobsen, The Sidney Hillman Foundation

Bangladesh factory fire survivor visits Australia

25 Mar 2014 by Oxfam

Sumi Abedin was working in the Tarzeen garment factory in Bangladesh when she was forced to make a chilling decision. Trapped in the burning factory and faced with the horrific choice between burning alive or jumping to certain death, she chose to jump.

The garment industry in Bangladesh is vital to its economy. Its labour force is made up largely of women (estimates are between 80 - 90%) who earn on average just $0.16 per hour. This image shows a woman working in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Nicola Bailey/ActionAid

Katies and Millers take action on safety in Bangladesh

26 Jul 2013 by Oxfam

Thanks to the great work of Oxfam supporters like you, another major Australian clothing retailer has now signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord. This week, Specialty Fashion Group (incorporating the Katies, Millers, City Chic, Autograph and Crossroads brands) became the fifth Australian company to sign the accord, joining Kmart, Target, Cotton On and Forever […]

Garment workers in Bangladesh earn on average just $0.16 per hour. Photo: Nicola Bailey /

Tell us where our clothes are made

10 Jul 2013 by Oxfam

When retailers tell the truth about where their products come from, their honesty means better working conditions for the people who make the products. Oxfam has spent nearly two decades investigating the global clothing industry, uncovering a world where low wages, long hours of overtime and unsafe work practices are the norm. Our investigations are […]

Photo: Fernando Moleres/Oxfam Intermon

Support workers rights in Indonesia

2 Apr 2013 by Labour rights team

In countries like Indonesia, many women and men making goods for big-name brands are struggling to make ends meet. Workers who enjoy freedom of association (freedom to form unions and negotiate with employers) have the best chance of obtaining fairer working conditions, escaping cycles of poverty and debt. But even when countries recognise freedom of […]

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Call on Original Marines to end intimidation of factory workers

19 Dec 2012 by Labour rights team

Original Marines is facing international criticism for its ongoing failure to respect and uphold the rights of women and men making its products in Indonesia. Although the iconic Italian company claims to have ‘always helped families’, this has not been the experience of the families of workers who lost their jobs trying to improve working […]

Photo: Matthew Vasilescu/OxfamAUS

School resources putting a spotlight on the Olympics

31 Jul 2012 by Sharon Settecasse

Make the most of Olympics fever to raise your students’ awareness of the serious labour rights issues behind many of the big sports-wear brands, with our new Olympic Special Student Action Guide.

Rekha Chandrakant Khandagale at work. Photo: Bipasha Majumder/OxfamIndia

A better life for Pune waste pickers

28 Jun 2012 by Oxfam

Collecting other people’s rubbish and selling it for recycling is a way of life for many women in the Indian city of Pune. Rekha’s story reveals the immense challenges Pune’s waste pickers face on a daily basis – and how they’re fighting to improve their lives.

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Play Fair at the Olympics

6 May 2012 by Labour rights team

While our athletes prepare to go for gold at the London Olympics, the workers who make the clothes they wear are being forced to work excessive hours for poverty-level wages, a recent report has found. Oxfam is calling on the Australian Government to ensure workers who produce sportswear for Australia’s Olympic athletes are treated fairly. […]


Nestle – Not so pure

4 May 2012 by Labour rights team

Nestle claims to endorse the pure life, but dirty practices continue at the factories that produce its products Almost 10,000 people have joined the campaign to get Nestle to respect trade union rights in Indonesia. The IUF began the online campaign after 53 union members at the company’s factory in Panjang, Indonesia were fired as […]

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