Published on 08/05/19
This morning Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) attended an announcement delivered by the ALP and hosted by Qualitops at their factory in Reservoir, Victoria.
The announcement included two commitments by the Shorten Labor Government that, if elected, will have significant and positive effect on ECA’s future work.
Firstly, Labor will commit $2 million per year to assist ECA with its accreditation work across the country.
Secondly, Labor promises to appoint a procurement policy that will require all companies that tender for government contracts to purchase locally manufactured Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) products from businesses which are accredited by ECA.
The announcement was delivered by Lisa Chesters MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Workplace Relations and Ged Kearney MP, Candidate for Cooper.
Several ECA-accredited businesses attended Qualitops for the announcement, along with factory and homeworkers.
The CFMEU also spoke at the announcement, welcoming Labor’s support of ECA and explaining the value of Australia’s TCF manufacturing industry.
A homeworker from the industry told her story of underpayment and how ECA and the union helped her to understand her rights and receive fair payment for her work.
ECA exists to protect the rights of workers and aid in compliance in the Australian TCF industry.
With growing interest from consumers to find out who made their clothes and that they were made under fair and safe conditions, ECA’s work is just as important today as it was the day it started.