The Homeworkers' Code of Practice
What the Code is about
The homeworkers' code of practice has been developed by the TCFUA
together with representatives of the retail and manufacturing in the textile, clothing and footwear industries. The Code is a self regulatory system that intends to regulate and monitor the production chain from the retailer to the homeworker.
It also attempts to simplify the reporting requirements
of manufacturers building solidly on award entitlements to workers.
There are two parts of the code.
Part one is the part relevant to retailers, "The Statement of Principles Regarding Homeworkers Wages and Conditions".
Ten principles that outline the parties to the agreement intent.
The acceptable work conditions and pay rates homeworkers should receive.
That parties to the agreement will promote that manufacturers must comply with these standards.
Retailers who purchase products not produced by exploited labour may use or identify these products with a logo or other sign of compliance.
Retailers committ not to sell products which have been produced
by exploited labour, this may include terminating a relationship with a supplier.
The Code will lead to garments carrying a sign that they are manufactured ethically and that shops will carry a logo if they stock such clothing. Retailers may promote the fact that they only deal with accredited manufacturers who do not exploit homeworkers.
Part Two The Code of Practice: This part sets out the criteria for participating manufacturers.
There is a Code of Practice Committee which will oversee the setting up and ongoing management of the Code.
It involves an accreditation procedure whereby manufacturers who give work to contractors or directly to homeworkers seek accreditation.
The accreditation process will ensure that from the retailer
down to the homeworker the chain is transparent.
This will be achieved by the following steps:
Retailer signatory to the Principles will provide to the union lists of their suppliers
Retailer will require their suppliers in their purchase contracts,
to comply with all laws and regulations including payment of the sewing garment
rate relevant to homeworkers.
Manufacturers or suppliers to retailers will seek accreditation
Accredited suppliers will provide documentation to Code Committee
verifying that the subcontractors they use are keeping all appropriate documentation
and paying their homeworkers according to the agreed garment sewing time manual
Pay rates for homeworkers
The introduction of a timing manual where garments will be classified into three levels of complexity and become the standard for fixing sewing time rates translated into pay rates for homeworkers.
The minute sewing time per garment provided to the homeworker to sew will be adjusted with percentages for annual leave and public holidays. The homeworker must receive with each batch of work paperwork which identifies that the homeworker is being paid correctly according to the standard.
The code also specifies the minimum garments (total amount of
work) per week a homeworker can receive from a contractor over a two week
period as well as the maximum work load they can receive over a two week period.
Manufacturers will risk loosing accreditation and contracts with retailers if their contractors fail to pay homeworkers correctly.
Code of Practice Committee:
The committee will undertake an education and information program to educate and inform Manufacturers , Homeworkers and Consumers about the code.
Companies Who have signed the Homeworkers' Code of Practice
LIST OF COMPANIES WHO HAVE AGREED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LABOUR BEHIND THEIR LABELS
Retailers, manufacturers, fashion houses and labels who have not signed the Homeworkers Code Of Practice
Aust. Fashion Grp
Billie Cart Clothing
CR Brearley & Co
Eastbound Cloth Co
Eco Vision Elite
Genuine Article Clth.
Hilton Fashion stores
Hilton Kayser Impressions
Inroads Clothing Items
JPD by Jump Julie Slade Jump distributors
Kelly Country clthing
Last Gasp Jeans
Luva Wear New Attitude Fashions Nif Naf
M Hambour & Sons
Man to Man
Mark Richards Designs
New Kid in town
Part of mePerri Cutten
Pretty Girl Fashion
Run Scotty Run
RustlersSammi of melb.
Scanlan & Theodore
Scooter ManagementSfida Sports
State of Art
Stubbies Clothing Co
Supre Sweet Dreams
The Santuary Thomas
Cook Time Frame
Trend Avenue Apparel
Victoria Pde Clothing
Victory Vita pacific
Co's targetted for letters to sign code:
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