Oxfam Joy as Kmart and Target Sign Bangladeshi Safety Agreement

Oxfam Australia charity officials are over the moon that two of the countries largest retailers, Kmart and Target, have agreed to sign a health and safety accord to protect thousands of Bangladeshi clothing workers.

This will now provide far greater safety in garment factories in Bangladesh, as well as –

  • The right to refuse dangerous work
  • Independent building inspections
  • Health and safety training
  • Repairs to unsafe factories

Unfortunately, they are the only two Australian companies to have signed, so more work needs to be done to convince more brands to get involved with this worthwhile scheme.

Oxfam Australia Labour Rights Coordinator, Daisy Gardener, said –

Cotton On, Big W and other Australian companies sourcing clothing from Bangladesh need to show they care about the workers who produce their clothing by immediately signing the Accord. Since 2005, 1800 people have lost their lives in factory fires and building collapses in Bangladesh. These clothing companies have the power to help prevent these tragedies, and must exercise this power now before more lives are lost.

Here’s hoping that Oxfam Australia can continue to work with our countries brands to reveal the locations of their supplier factories, so that the working conditions can be verified for danger, help save the lives of the workers of Bangladesh.

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