End poverty campaign
OXFAM is calling to end the payment of poverty wages to the women who are making clothes for big name brands.
Messages of support have been sewn onto a giant T-shirt at Kings Square.
The event follows the release of an Oxfam report, “What She Makes”, which calls on big brands to change their current wage systems.
Paddy Cullen, of Oxfam, said the women who made clothes for Australia were being denied a decent life because of their pay.
“Fashion is big business in Australia, turning over $27 billion last year and growing at 4 per cent a year,” he said.
“Yet the women who make our clothes remain entrenched in lives of poverty, paid as little as 39 cents an hour.”
The Oxfam campaign will put pressure on Big W, Kmart and Cotton On in the lead-up to busy retail Christmas period.
“There are three stages of the campaign first the companies signing onto it, then creating a road and finally implementation,” Mr Cullen said.
Oxfam is encouraging the Fremantle community to sign a petition at Henderson Street Mall on November 30.