Australia: Oxfam report urges fashion brands to pay garment workers a living wage
Oxfam has launched a new report urging retailers to pay a living wage to factory workers in garment-producing countries.
Oxfam has also launched a company tracker showing action taken by brands towards implementing a living wage.
[Report refers to Noni B, Factory X, Jeanswest, Zara, H&M, Forever New, Hanes Australia, Specialty Fashion, Country Road, Premier Investments, Best & Less, Cotton On, David Jones, Myer, Target, Big W and Kmart]
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It's the time of year when discount department stores sell uniforms to Australian families...charity organisation Oxfam Australia alleges the women making them are being paid poverty wages...
Author: Stephanie Gardiner, Sydney Morning Herald
29 October 2017
...Oxfam is urging retailers such as Target, Kmart, Big W and Specialty Fashion Group, whose brands include Katies and Rivers, to ensure factory workers are being paid not just a minimum wage, but a living wage, which is enough to cover essentials like decent housing, food, and healthcare...
The report emphasises the fashion industry is worth billions of dollars, but is supported by poorly paid workers, who are usually young women with no power to challenge their conditions...
Oxfam is also launching a company tracker to guide consumers on retailers' progress.
[also refers to Woolworths Group and Cotton On]
Author: Oxfam Australia
...As of January 2017, so much wealth was in the hands of so few people around the globe that just eight men held the same amount of riches as half of all humanity...
There is perhaps no starker example of this unfair and rigged system than the global garment industry, and the people left behind are the women who toil...making the clothes we wear...the industry has incredible power and capacity to help lift people out of poverty and change their lives.
Globally, the garment sector is among the largest employers of women workers...in Asia, women earn on average 70% to 90% of what men earn...One reason...is that women are disproportionately concentrated in the lowest paid roles and in informal work. This is also true of the garment industry...It is time for governments and companies alike to even up the scales and ensure everyone earns a living wage...