Why is ActionAid working on the issue of global garment workers’ rights?  

The global fashion industry is one of the largest employers of women workers in low-income countries. There are 35 million women garment workers worldwide – women make up 80% of garment workers across the globe – and many of the clothes sold in Australian stores are made by women in countries like China, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia. 

The fashion industry has provided new employment opportunities for women in low-income countries. However, it is also plagued by exploitation, with poverty wages and poor working conditions entrenched across the industry. While Australian and international fashion brands continue to cash in huge profits, women garment workers are left wearing the cost. 

ActionAid’s She Wears The Cost campaign demands that brands step up and uphold the rights of the women who make their clothes.

the impact of covid-19 on garment workers

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Who are we targeting?

Why are we targeting Nike?

Over 1,200 garment workers lost their jobs – the majority of them women – when Cambodian garment factory Violet Apparel closed down last year. Violet Apparel made Nike products.

A year later, workers are still demanding unpaid wages, benefits and severance payments, while Nike refuses to take responsibility for the workers who make their clothes.

Watch this video

See what we wrote to Nike and the company’s response.

Why are we targeting the Just Group?

COVID-19 is having devastating impacts on workers in the global clothing industry, the majority of whom are women. When brands cancel or refuse to pay for orders, or pressure factories to give discounts, they push the financial costs of this global pandemic onto women already living in poverty.

As the pandemic rages on, Australian brands like Just Jeans, Jay Jays, and Dotti need to do more to ensure this doesn’t happen to the women who make their clothes.

 See what we wrote to the Just Group (and have yet to get a response)

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