Join the 'No Sweat' CampaignW orking with the Maquila Solidarity Network, Students Against Sweatshops-Canada, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, and the Canadian Labour Congress, Oxfam Canada seeks to defend the rights of garment workers overseas and in Canada.
According to Oxfam campaign coordinator Bill Hynd, "Canadian companies are profiting from abusing the rights of people in many developing countries. It is time that we consumers hold retailers and manufacturers accountable for the conditions under which their clothes are produced."
Under the slogan, "Exploitation is never in fashion," Oxfam's national campaign will seek to convince universities, school boards and municipal and provincial governments to adopt ethical purchasing and procurement policies.
Many of the world's 23.6 million garment workers in 160 countries are denied their basic human rights. They suffer inhumane working conditions and arbitrary discipline, earn sub-standard wages, and are often harassed for legitimate union activity. Most of them are women.
Oxfam Canada supports local community development in twenty countries of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, where the abuse of workers' rights constitutes a major obstacle to development.
To find out more about "No Sweat," sign the online petition, or join in the "Cut it Out" action to collect clothing labels to present to Government officials, visit: www.maquilasolidarity.org
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In St. John's: Bill Hynd