The Andrews Labor Government is supporting better conditions for workers in the clothing industry by providing $2 million in funding to Ethical Clothing Australia, after Tony Abbott cut federal funding.
The Labor Government is providing $2 million to allow Ethical Clothing Australia to continue its important work with an initial investment of $500,000 this financial year.
Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio, said the Government is funding Ethical Clothing Australia so it can continue its important work accrediting and promoting ethical businesses and educating industry on best practice.
The thousands of Australians who work making garments from home often do so in an unregulated environment, working long hours to unrealistic deadlines. They often face irregular flows of work, have little awareness of their legal rights and can face significant occupational and health issues.
Manufacturers that are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, like Cue, RM Williams and Carla Zampatti, are committed to ensuring workplace standards are met throughout their supply chain.
Ms D’Ambrosio called on other States and Territories to follow the Labor Government’s lead and to provide funding to support better workplace conditions for workers in the clothing industry.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio:
“The Andrews Labor Government is stepping in to make sure that workers in the clothing industry get a fair go and have safe, fair and healthy work conditions.”
“Homeworkers in the clothing industry can be isolated and vulnerable and Ethical Clothing Australia plays a crucial role in standing up for their rights.
“After funding was cut by the Abbott Government we are ensuring Ethical Clothing Australia can continue its important work accrediting and promoting ethical businesses and educating the industry on best practice.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020