2010 labour rights public presentation

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Oxfam Australia is working, along with other international organisations, to persuade major companies to improve the rights and conditions of workers.You can help by taking action with us:www.oxfam.org.au/labour-rights-actionWorkers in developing countries have a pretty raw deal. They’re paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in harsh – often dangerous – conditions. Yet, they’re producing some of the world’s most expensive and coveted brands.In the sportswear and garment industry – where much of our work focuses – most of these workers are women. Major sportswear brands rake in billions of dollars in profits every year, spend millions of dollars on slick ad campaigns and sponsor the highest-earning players in sport from David Beckham to Michael Jordan. But dig beneath this glamorous façade and you’ll see that this industry is built on the hard-working backs of some of the world’s poorest men and women.Sportswear workers in Asia endure long hours in sweatshop-like conditions for on average less than US $3 a day and still struggle to feed and clothe themselves and their families.There’s something wrong with this picture.We're working hard to ensure that the big brands like Nike, adidas and Puma treat their workers with respect and pay them enough to meet their basic needs.How are we doing this?By making the garment and sportswear giants accountable.Join our campaign and support the human rights of workers:www.oxfam.org.au/labour-rights-action

Text of 2010 labour rights public presentation

  • 1. Workers in developing countries get a pretty raw deal

2. 3. 4. Theyre paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in difficult often dangerous conditions
5. 6. 7. In the sportswear and garment industry most of these workers are women.
Many have migrated from rural areas where there are few employment opportunities
8. 9. Their reality is long and intensive working days for very low pay
10. 11. 12. 13. Workers who want to form unions and bargain collectively frequently face...
14. ...discrimination...
15. ...harassment...
16. ...threats of dismissal...
17. ...and in some cases violent intimidation
18. 19. Wages are barely enough for workers to get by on
20. let alone to support their families.
let alone to support their
21. Yet while workers struggle to make ends meet
22. 23. 24. theyre producing some of the worlds most expensive and coveted brands
25. 26. Brands that spend big dollars on glossyad campaigns
27. 28. And some make millions of dollars in profits each year
29. 30. 31. Many workers believe that their workplaces and their lives can be better
32. 33. Despite all the risks, many workers form unions and organise fortheir rights and better working conditions
34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. These workers want the sportswearand garment industry to recognise their basic rights...
40. Send a message to their employers
41. Freedom of Association
42. To earn a living wage
43. Fair work conditions
44. Freedom from
workplace violence &
45. Oxfam Australia supports these workers by ensuring their voices are heard
46. 47. Oxfam Australia particularly supports and encourages women workersas the majority of sportswear workersto take a leading role
48. 49. 50. We support unions to campaign for workers rights, lobby companies and sometimes governments to respect labour rights.
We provide resources and support to worker organisations.
We help strengthen the labour rights movement by working in international coalitions.
Oxfam supports worker organisations in building networks and coalitions
51. Oxfam supports training opportunities and leadership training to women
52. 53. 54. Oxfam promotes solutions by researching labour rights issues and making recommendations to major brands
55. 56. Has there been success in supporting workers rights?
57. There is now greater transparency and public disclosure by major sports brands who publish factory names and addresses
58. 59. There are labour codes and compliance staff who seek to monitor and enforce labour standards
60. There has been increased dialogue between sports brands and civil society
61. 62. The legal minimum wage is now mostly paid

63. Living and working conditionsin some sportswear supplier factories have improved
64. 65. New opportunities have arisen out of alternative business models that support the rights of workers, like the Solidarity Cooperative in Thailand
66. 67. BUT
68. There remains much work to be done
69. Workers need your support:
70. Why?
71. Sportswear companies send conflicting messages to their supplier factories
72. Too often the policies of brands are not supported by their buying practices
73. Brands require their supplier factoriesto respect labour rights, but their business model demands high quality products with a fast turn around at a low cost
74. 75. Brands may require suppliers to uphold rights and safety, but dont allocate sufficient resources to ensure respect for those rights
76. 77. So what can you do to support the efforts of women and men sportswear workers to achieve a better life?
78. Every action can help make a difference
79. 80. Join our campaign!
81. 82. Keep brands behaving!
83. Photo Credits:
Tim Herbert/OxfamAUS
Ben Adams/OxfamAUS
Rino Hidayah/OxfamAUS
Sarah Rennie/OxfamAUS
Fernando Moleres/OxfamIntermon