Tuesday, 16 April 2024
    Aussies prioritise garment worker safety
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    Aussies prioritise garment worker safety

    Oxfam Australia is marking the 10th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy by calling on Australian brands to do more to protect the rights of garment workers, Mirage News reports.

    As a new Oxfam survey found 9 in 10 (88%) of Australians rate the safety of garment workers as important when buying clothes.

    The collapse of the eight-story building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was the deadliest garment factory disaster in history, claiming the lives of 1,134 people and injuring more than 2,500.

    The tragedy was a wake-up call for the world, and a stark alert of the unsafe and inhumane working conditions that many garment workers endure in order to produce clothes for the insatiable global fashion industry.

    The new polling by Oxfam Australia conducted by YouGov of 1,023 Australian clothes buyers has shown that, in the context of the disaster, an overwhelming 9 in 10 (88%) of respondents believe it is essential to consider the safety of garment workers when purchasing clothing, highlighting the impact the Rana Plaza tragedy has had on consumers’ purchasing habits ten years on.

    According to the poll, the significance of ethical considerations in the fashion industry is prevalent and on the rise in Australia:

    An overwhelming 65% of clothing buyers actively taking into account ethical factors when making a purchase.Nearly one-third of clothes buyers explicitly consider the human rights of garment workers in their purchasing decisions.Younger generations such as Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X are far more likely to claim ethical consciousness when it comes to purchasing clothing, with over half of each generation likely to make ethical considerations when buying clothes, compared to just 35% of Baby Boomers.

    Garment workers in Bangladesh earn as little as $75 a month and are often working in dangerous and exploitative conditions. Poor conditions are also reported by garment workers in China, Vietnam and India; where over 80% of Australian clothing is produced.

    Oxfam Australia’s Economic Justice Lead Nayeem Emran is calling on Australian clothing brands to respond to the calls of industry leaders and consumers alike, and speed up the process of protecting garment workers’ rights.


    10 Years On: 9 in 10 Australians Prioritize Garment Worker Safety When Buying Clothes (Mirage News)


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