Labor to provide support for Ethical Clothing Australia

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A Foley Labor Government will provide $3 million over three years to fund Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program that has helped improve working conditions for thousands of homeworkers by promoting ethical business practices along the supply chain.  

Tony Abbott has ripped funding away from Ethical Clothing Australia undermining the accreditation program. Mike Baird and the NSW Liberals have done absolutely nothing to support textile, clothing and footwear workers.

Labor’s $3 million contribution will allow Ethical Clothing Australia to continue to operate their accreditation program which promotes ethical businesses and best practice for the industry.

The experience of garment homeworkers is often horrendous –unregulated work, irregular hours and unrealistic deadlines.

Manufacturers accredited under Ethical Clothing Australia’s program are volunteering to implement and promote safe, fair and healthy workplace standards throughout their supply chain.

Accredited manufacturers include Cue, RM Williams, Carla Zampatti, Veronika Maine, Scanlan Theodore, and Akubra.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Adam Searle:

“Having ethical business practices is good for garment manufacturers, good for consumers and most importantly good for workers.

“Some very well know Australian-based manufacturers have been accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia as having in place safe, fair and healthy workplace standards through their supply chains.

“The good work of Ethical Clothing Australia promoting best industry practice has assisted an estimated 6,000 homeworkers over the past five years.

“The Liberals have failed to help improve the working conditions of some of the most vulnerable workers in the world.

“A Labor Government will provide the financial support to allow Ethical Clothing Australia to keep improving working conditions and promoting manufacturers that recognise the value of their workforce.”