Brands contributing to driving wages down, Oxfam reports

The report came to notice while manufacturers of Bangladesh has increased their workers’ wage up to 51% and to afford the new wage structure manufacturers are urging supports from brands and buyers

Ground breaking research conducted by Oxfam has exposed the undeniable truth behind the clothes being sold in shops across Australia.  According to the report released by Oxfam, women in Bangladesh and Vietnam making clothes for the US$ 23 billion Australian fashion industry are going hungry because of wages as low as 51 cents an hour.

The report came to notice while manufacturers of Bangladesh has increased their workers’ wage up to 51% and to afford the new wage structure manufacturers are urging supports from brands and buyers.

Oxfam interviewed 470 garment workers employed at factories supplying brands such as Big W, Kmart, Target and Cotton On, and found 100% of surveyed workers in Bangladesh and 74% in Vietnam could not make ends meet.

The investigation has uncovered the widespread payment of poverty wages and the impact this is having on the lives of the workers, mainly women, making the clothes Australians love to wear, said Oxfam Australia Chief, Helen Szok.

Women who are unable to get treatment when they fall sick, workers who cannot afford to send their children to school, families that cannot make their pay stretch to put enough food on the table, people sleeping on floors in overcrowded houses, spiralling debts, mothers separated from their children these are just some of the common realities of the failure of big brands to ensure the payment of living wages, the reports highlighted.

 

 
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