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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister 01 May, 2008

Media Release

Homeworkers' Code of Practice Program - launch

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, today announced the launch of the

Homeworkers’ Code of Practice Program.

The new program provides $4 million over four years to develop and promote the Homeworkers’ Code of

Practice and the ‘No Sweat Shop’ label.

The Homeworkers’ Code of Practice and ‘No Sweat Shop’ label promote ethical Australian manufacturers and

designers and assist consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.

The new program will be administered by the Homeworkers’ Code Committee. The committee has

representatives from the major stakeholders in the textile industry, including employer, union and community

organisations.

The Rudd Government’s Homeworkers’ Code of Practice Program is an important step in ensuring that

Australian homeworkers are not at risk of exploitation and enjoy a better future.

It has been estimated that there are currently around 330,000 homeworkers in the Textile, Clothing and

Footwear (TCF) industry and it is further estimated that many of those earn less than $4 an hour and work up

to seven days a week.

This new Homeworkers’ Code of Practice Program will help raise public awareness and improve the working

conditions of homeworkers in the TCF industry to ensure that minimum legal wages and standards are met.

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As part of its national approach to industrial relations, the Rudd Government will work with the states and

territories to ensure that all TCF homeworkers across Australia are properly protected through a safety-net of

legislation and relevant award conditions.

This program complements the recently announced review of the TCF Industry. The review will aim to

develop practical and effective strategies to ensure Australia's TCF industry enjoys a vibrant, innovative and

competitive future and fairness for its workers.

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