OUTWORKERS

Fairwear

Fairwear is a campaign made up of community organizations, churches, unions, students and activists. 

FairWear addresses and works to eliminate the gross exploitation of homeworkers (outworkers) in the Australian clothing industry, recognizing that this is just as much of an issue at home as abroad. The FairWear campaign actively encourages Australians to think critically about where the clothes we wear are produced and under what conditions.

Homeworkers are mostly women who make clothes in their houses situated in the suburbs of Australia for as little as $3 to $4 an hour. They often work up to 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. Homeworkers make clothes for our major retailers, designers and even suppliers of school uniforms. They are some of the lowest paid and most exploited Australian workers.

In 1995 there were an estimated 300,000 people regularly working as outworkers in the garment industry in Australia, including the family members of outworkers often called upon to help finish last minute orders.

Currently, outworker advocates are reporting high rates of unemployment amongst outworkers from particular communities and outworkers are facing downward pressure on their wages as a result.

FairWear is a campaigning organisation that aims to give you the tools you need to support the rights of outworkers and sweatshop workers in Australia and internationally. The FairWear campaign supports the Homeworkers Code of Practice and the Ethical Clothing Australia as a tool to help clean up supply chains in the Australian textile and clothing industries.

As individuals and as a community we make a difference.

Please visit Fairwear Australia