Factory X commit to pay a living wage

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After years of campaigning from Oxfam supporters, Factory X commit to pay a living wage

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Sammy J holding a sign that says "Pay a living wage"

Sammy J says: Dear Kmart, Increase What She Makes

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Sammy J speaks for a lot of us – when we’re shopping, we all love a bargain. But, the bargain shouldn’t be what she makes.

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How students can fight exploitation with Instagram

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Australia’s young people have an important role to play in calling out exploitation in some of the country’s most loved brands.

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Be fashion forward this weekend (and beyond)

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To be ‘fashion forward’ is to be ahead of the curve: not just in terms of design and materials, but more importantly, around how your clothes are made. Find out which companies are moving towards a fairer future, and which companies are trying hide their tracks.

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Rip Curl on the search for transparency

A recent Fairfax Media report has indicated Rip Curl clothing was produced under harsh working conditions in North Korea. There is no excuse for any company to be unaware of what is happening in its own supply chain. Now is the time for Rip Curl to improve its transparency and support workers’ rights.

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Sumi Abedin pictured outside the Just Jeans store in Bourke St, Melbourne. Although severely injured, Sumi survived the Tazreen garment factory fire in Bangladesh by jumping from the third floor; she was in Australia last year highlighting the poor working conditions still faced by many Bangladeshi garment factory workers.

Naughty or Nice: The Aussie brands dodging workers’ rights

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Two years ago Oxfam released its first “Naughty or Nice” list. We outed the brands who refused to protect their workers rights and applauded the ones who did. Now, in 2015, what’s changed? Who still won’t sign the Accord? And how do you demand more for the people that make your clothes?

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The good news and the bad news for garment workers in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is well known for the appalling conditions under which many of its garment sector employees have to work. Both in terms of the physical conditions, but also the wages they’re paid, which are among the lowest in the region. But despite the many Australian companies that have met, or exceeded, the Australian community’s demands to improve workers’ conditions, there are still some holding out.

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Just Jeans have a response for you

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In the last week, thousands of Australians have asked Just Group a simple question: “When are you going to stop breaking hearts and sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord?” Their response? Not happening. Stop asking.

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Stop the #heartbreakers

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Australians love denim. 670,000 tonnes of the stuff in 2014 alone and with a $56 billion price tag. That’s a lot of cheddar, and a whole lot of denim. For the last two years we have pressured ten of the country’s largest garment manufacturers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord — but two companies refuse to sign.

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Photo: Hornsby Girls High School.

Schools in action: Hornsby Girls High School

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Year Ten students from Hornsby Girls High School spent last year campaigning against the exploitation of the Bangladeshi workers who produce our clothes. The students created an awareness and fundraising initiative to support Oxfam with the brilliantly clever name ‘Don’t Sweat it’.

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Raising the issue of land grabbing at bank AGMs

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Some pointers for those wanting to take action A number of Oxfam supporters with shareholdings in the big four banks have approached us for information about the upcoming series of big bank Annual General Meetings (AGMs) being held in the lead-up to Christmas. Below is a Q & A about these AGMs, and how bank […]

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Elizabeth and baby Swampy. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Famine looming over the people of South Sudan

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Elizabeth and her five children live in a shared tent with 20 other people. Her husband was shot and killed, and her families’ home has since been burned down. Now, Elizabeth is worried about what will become of her and her children.

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Photo: David Crosling/Oxfam AU

Woolworths shares a secret

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Most clothing and footwear companies are highly secretive about the factories that supply to them. But, in addition to signing this important safety agreement, companies are now starting to tell us where their factories are. For the first time ever we can now see where Big W (owned by Woolworths) is making its clothes in Bangladesh.

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Kalpona Akter and the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity

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Kalpona is a former child worker who started work in garment factories when she was twelve. She is now the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), one of Bangladesh’s most prominent labour rights organisations. Find out how you can help improve the rights of workers in Bangladesh.

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Photo: Alan Jacobsen, The Sidney Hillman Foundation

Bangladesh factory fire survivor visits Australia

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Sumi Abedin was working in the Tarzeen garment factory in Bangladesh when she was forced to make a chilling decision. Trapped in the burning factory and faced with the horrific choice between burning alive or jumping to certain death, she chose to jump.

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Katies and Millers take action on safety in Bangladesh

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Thanks to the great work of Oxfam supporters like you, another major Australian clothing retailer has now signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord. This week, Specialty Fashion Group (incorporating the Katies, Millers, City Chic, Autograph and Crossroads brands) became the fifth Australian company to sign the accord, joining Kmart, Target, Cotton On and Forever […]

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Tell us where our clothes are made

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When retailers tell the truth about where their products come from, their honesty means better working conditions for the people who make the products. Oxfam has spent nearly two decades investigating the global clothing industry, uncovering a world where low wages, long hours of overtime and unsafe work practices are the norm. Our investigations are […]

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Support workers rights in Indonesia

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In countries like Indonesia, many women and men making goods for big-name brands are struggling to make ends meet. Workers who enjoy freedom of association (freedom to form unions and negotiate with employers) have the best chance of obtaining fairer working conditions, escaping cycles of poverty and debt. But even when countries recognise freedom of […]

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Call on Original Marines to end intimidation of factory workers

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Original Marines is facing international criticism for its ongoing failure to respect and uphold the rights of women and men making its products in Indonesia. Although the iconic Italian company claims to have ‘always helped families’, this has not been the experience of the families of workers who lost their jobs trying to improve working […]

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School resources putting a spotlight on the Olympics

Make the most of Olympics fever to raise your students’ awareness of the serious labour rights issues behind many of the big sports-wear brands, with our new Olympic Special Student Action Guide.

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Rekha Chandrakant Khandagale at work. Photo: Bipasha Majumder/OxfamIndia

A better life for Pune waste pickers

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Collecting other people’s rubbish and selling it for recycling is a way of life for many women in the Indian city of Pune. Rekha’s story reveals the immense challenges Pune’s waste pickers face on a daily basis – and how they’re fighting to improve their lives.

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Play Fair at the Olympics

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While our athletes prepare to go for gold at the London Olympics, the workers who make the clothes they wear are being forced to work excessive hours for poverty-level wages, a recent report has found. Oxfam is calling on the Australian Government to ensure workers who produce sportswear for Australia’s Olympic athletes are treated fairly. […]

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