|Issue No 47||24 March 2000|
A Fair Day’s Surf
The Fair Wear campaign to ban clothing made in sweatshop takes on a new wave this weekend when it targets surfers and beachgoers.
Trade unionists, churches and other community supporters of the FairWear campaign will converge on Newcastle for the Surfest finals at Newcastle beach.
Ellisa Sutherland from the Newcastle FairWear Committee says the idea is not to interrupt Surfest, but to make surfers aware of the manufacturing practices behind their designer labels.
"The working conditions of home-based clothing machinists are some of the poorest in Australia," Sutherland says. "Consumers are increasingly concerned about the issue, in Australia and overseas."
FairWear are campaigning for surfers to only buy surfwear from manufacturers who have signed the Homeworkers Code of Practise.
Current signatories include: Rumours, Hot Tuna, Gazal Apparel (including Mambo and Maui and Sons), Hound Dog and Kuta Lines.
The surf campaign follows FairWear pushes in the fashion industry and for school uniforms. Both of these campaigns have led to a successful takeup of the Code of Practise.
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