As a maker I stand in solidarity with women like Anju in the image below. Garment workers are incredibly skillful and work hard to make clothing for major brands globally, but they are getting ripped off. No woman should work and create and still live in poverty.
For over 20 years Oxfam has been fighting to help create a fair fashion industry, one that both celebrates creativity and innovation as well as protecting the rights of the women that make our clothes.
Despite positive steps in the industry we are about to embark on our biggest fight yet. Around the world the women who make our clothes do not make enough to live on – keeping them in poverty. Australian clothing brands like Cotton On and Kmart are part of the system that has created this injustice. The good news is, like previous campaigns we have launched and won – we can create change and fight alongside the women who make our clothes for a living wage. – Lauren Joy | Campaigns Volunteer | Oxfam Australia
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It would cost less than 1% of the retail price – that’s less than 10 cents for a $10 T-shirt for brands to pay a living wage. The women who make our clothes aren’t paid enough to escape poverty. No matter how hard they work, they can’t afford basic food and shelter for their families – wage are just too low.
A living wage should be earned in a standard work week of no more than 48 hours. It should provide, for a worker and their family, a decent standard of living. This includes food, housing, healthcare, clothing, transportation, utilities (energy, water) child care and education with some money left over for emergencies / savings.
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