Australia’s young people have an important role to play in calling out exploitation in some of the country’s most loved brands.
Tag: labour rights
To be ‘fashion forward’ is to be ahead of the curve: not just in terms of design and materials, but more importantly, around how your clothes are made. Find out which companies are moving towards a fairer future, and which companies are trying hide their tracks.
A recent Fairfax Media report has indicated Rip Curl clothing was produced under harsh working conditions in North Korea. There is no excuse for any company to be unaware of what is happening in its own supply chain. Now is the time for Rip Curl to improve its transparency and support workers’ rights.
Two years ago Oxfam released its first “Naughty or Nice” list. We outed the brands who refused to protect their workers rights and applauded the ones who did. Now, in 2015, what’s changed? Who still won’t sign the Accord? And how do you demand more for the people that make your clothes?
Bangladesh is well known for the appalling conditions under which many of its garment sector employees have to work. Both in terms of the physical conditions, but also the wages they’re paid, which are among the lowest in the region. But despite the many Australian companies that have met, or exceeded, the Australian community’s demands to improve workers’ conditions, there are still some holding out.
In the last week, thousands of Australians have asked Just Group a simple question: “When are you going to stop breaking hearts and sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord?” Their response? Not happening. Stop asking.
Australians love denim. 670,000 tonnes of the stuff in 2014 alone and with a $56 billion price tag. That’s a lot of cheddar, and a whole lot of denim. For the last two years we have pressured ten of the country’s largest garment manufacturers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord — but two companies refuse to sign.
Year Ten students from Hornsby Girls High School spent last year campaigning against the exploitation of the Bangladeshi workers who produce our clothes. The students created an awareness and fundraising initiative to support Oxfam with the brilliantly clever name ‘Don’t Sweat it’.
Some pointers for those wanting to take action A number of Oxfam supporters with shareholdings in the big four banks have approached us for information about the upcoming series of big bank Annual General Meetings (AGMs) being held in the lead-up to Christmas. Below is a Q & A about these AGMs, and how bank […]
Elizabeth and her five children live in a shared tent with 20 other people. Her husband was shot and killed, and her families’ home has since been burned down. Now, Elizabeth is worried about what will become of her and her children.