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Improving Working Conditions for Garment Workers / A Civil Society Workshop...

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Prince Alfred park

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Chippendale, NSW

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For decades, Australian civil society – including unions, NGOs, academics and others – have played an important role in improving working conditions, wages and human rights in the Ready Made Garment industry around the world. Since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013, this momentum has accelerated.


Today we are able to celebrate some successes – as well as looking to further challenges that lay ahead. Sustained popular mobilization around ethical fashion and the positive steps taken by some Australian and international clothing companies on the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and transparency can be attributed in part to the work of a broad cross-section of Australian civil society.


To help make sense of the momentum for change, and to draw out the opportunities, challenges and possible areas of collaboration, this event will bring together key actors in Australian civil society working to make fashion fair.


Note: There will be no brands or media in attendance in order to encourage an open and frank discussion.

Lunch will be provided.


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Michele ONeil is the National Secretary of the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA) and has represented workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry for over 25 years and has held a variety of union positions in her own union and in the broader trade union movement. Michele represents the union on the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) & Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) Executives and is an Executive Member of the Global Union Federation IndustriALL. She is Co-Chair of IndustriALL’s Asia Pacific Region, the Global Women’s Committee and the Asia Pacific Women’s Committee.

Gershon Mimbalker is the Advocacy Manager at Baptist World Aid Australia and chair of Stop the Traffik’s Australian working group. He is the project coordinator and one of the lead authors of the Australian Fashion Report and Electronics Industry Trends reports, world leading research that examines the practices of corporations around the world to mitigate the risk of slavery and exploitation. He has degrees in Business and Commerce and a Masters in Social Change and Development with merit from Newcastle University.

Nayeem Emran is the Labour Rights Advocacy Lead at Oxfam Australia, bringing ten years of experience in driving sustainable changes in the Bangladeshi garment industry though his Work with the International Labour Organisation and the International Finance Organisation - striving to improve compliance, efficiency and work place cooperation.


Contact James Dunlop - Campaigns Lead at Oxfam Australia

jamesdunlop@oxfam.org.au 0406533238

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