|Issue No 89||23 March 2001|
Fair Wear Holds Breath as Carr Celebrates
Opponents of sweatshops in the clothing industry are hoping that Premier Carr's celebration of his sixth anniversary of office will bring some joy for outworkers.
Carr is due to give his State of the State address at Penrith on Sydney, two years since he was returned to office in a landslide.
Before that election the Premier vowed his government would introduce legislation to protect the rights of outworkers, but no action to implement the stated policy has been forthcoming.
FairWear coordinator Debbie Carstens says there are 100,000 outworkers in NSW who are working 14-14 hour days for as little as $2 or $3 per hours and no access ton workers compensation or superannuation.
Key initiatives that FairWear want to see implemented include :
* retailers to be compelled to know where their clothing is produced and under what conditions
* DIR and TCFUA to have access to commercial records in the contracting chain to ensure retailers and manufacturers are fulfilling their obligations.
* System established through which outworkers can recover moneys owed to them, with recourse to retailers and manufactures, not just their employers.
"There is nothing we are asking for today that the Premier did not promise two years ago," Carstens says.
Supporters of the FairWear Alliance of church, union and community groups will be attending the Penrith address in anticipation.
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