3 December 2004
There are about 330,000 homeworkers /outworkers making clothes in homes and garages across Australia predominantly women, and earning on average about 2$ - $5 an hour, often working 12-16 hour days .without holiday pay, sick pay, super or workers compensation. The fashion industry alone is worth around $10 billion a year.
The Homeworkers Code of Practice is a voluntary agreement which manufacturers, suppliers and retailers can sign. The Code makes companies responsible for the conditions through the supply chain under which they make clothing.
A list of companies which have signed as of 27 Oct 04 can be found at the Fairwearwebsite.