Published on 06/11/14
The Victorian Labor opposition has announced that if elected it will provide $2 million over two years to support Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program.
Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) is a voluntary accreditation and labelling system that promotes ethically accredited brands, and assists the local textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry to ensure Australian workers receive fair wages and decent conditions.
ECA’s National Manager commented on the announcement, “We welcome the decision by the Victorian Labor party to support ECA. ECA’s accreditation program is internationally recognised as best practise in an industry in which exploitation is endemic. Government support is crucial to ensuring the Australian TCF industry has an ethical and sustainable future.”
Michele O’Neil, National Secretary, TCFUA said, “We applaud the funding commitment from the Victorian Labor Party. It will help ECA protect some of Australia’s lowest paid and most exploited workers. The ECA accreditation program has assisted thousands of homeworkers in the TCF industry obtain their lawful wages and conditions. ”
Damien Peirce-Grant, Chief Operating Officer of Cue said today “Cue has been a strong supporter of ECA and making clothes the right way in Australia. Cue works closely with its manufacturers and works closely with ECA to maintain an ethical workplace. We welcome this decision by Victorian Labor Party to support ECA.”
With approximately 80 Australian brands and manufacturers already accredited—many of which are based in Victoria—the funding will enable ECA to continue to work with businesses across the TCF industry.
This means ECA can continue to help businesses keep their Australian-based supply chains transparent and legally compliant. Once compliant, those accredited brands can display the Ethical Clothing Australia trademark on their Australian-made products, providing consumers and buyers with a way to identify and support ethical Australian made products.
For comment please contact:
Michele O’Neil, TCFUA National Secretary: 0419 338 853
Damien Peirce-Grant, Cue Chief Operating Officer: 0409 222 008
**Post election acknowledgement note:
We congratulate the Victorian Labor party on its recent election, and welcome the confirmation of two years of funding to ECA. Its commitment to supporting local clothing and footwear manufacturers will help ensure ethical supply chains within the local textile, clothing and footwear industry, while enabling ECA accredited brands to promote their ethical credentials to consumers.
The former Opposition Leader and now Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, says that the ECA scheme will ensure workers are treated fairly, and that a Labor Government will buy local uniforms whenever possible. We look forward to continuing our work with the support of local government.