You can help fight for workers’ rights

What’s happening?

Workers in developing countries are being paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions. They are usually paid US $3 a day to produce some of the most expensive brands that we know, and their lives are a struggle to feed themselves and their families. The buildings that house these factories are often unsafe, meaning these workers are risking their lives to make our clothes.

Oxfam’s efforts

In 2013, since the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, Oxfam has been demanding that companies sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. Oxfam are working to make companies accountable for their workers and their lives.

“…while the big wigs behind the big Australian garment brands are getting richer, the workers actually making the products are living in poverty. They barely earn enough money to care for themselves and their families, and many are forced to work long hours in treacherous conditions. In 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1100 Bangladeshi workers and injuring 2500.

Since 2013 more than 160 companies have signed onto the accord including Australian companies Cotton On, Kmart, Target, Forever New, Specialty Fashion Group, Woolworths, Pacific Brands and Pretty Girl Fashion Group.” – Oxfam

A few companies have not yet signed the Accord and, together with Oxfam, we can work to convince them to do the right thing.

Supporting Oxfam

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How you can help

Oxfam Australia is working along other international and local organisations to persuade major companies to improve the rights and conditions of workers. You can join their efforts and support workers’ rights by sending your message to the companies that have not yet signed the Accord.

Support workers’ rights and sign now:
https://act.oxfam.org/australia/bangladesh-garment-workers-petition

 

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