22 June 2005
The Victorian State Government has recently announced its intention to introduce a Mandatory Code for Retailers – a step which FairWear, along with other members of the Ethical Clothing Council, has urged for several years.
The proposed legislation sets outs conditions that retailers must follow to ensure that homeworkers receive fair conditions These steps include making the supply chain transparent from the homeworker right through to the retailer. The conditions of the mandatory code also include the retailer providing supplier lists and details of contracts to the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union. In addition to this, the union has right to inspect the retailers' records.