End poverty cam­paign

Cockburn Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH - Leah Roberts

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.

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