4 November 2004
Outworkers are mostly women who make clothes at home in Australia for as little as $2 to $3 an hour. They often work up to 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. Outworkers make clothes for our major retailers, designers and even suppliers of school uniforms. It is estimated that there are 300,000 outworkers in Australia today.
The Fair School Wear campaign has been running since 1999 with action initiated by students often leading to direct improvement in wages and conditions for clothing workers.
Information about the campaign can be found at the Fairwear website. The involvement of Waverley College, a Christian Brothers College in Sydney with 1200 students, is featured in an article on the website. The website also contains suggestions and resources for students and schools who wish to participate in the campaign as well as a list of companies who have signed the Homeworker's Code of Practice.