MELBOURNE – Garment factory workers in Bangladesh and Vietnam who stitch clothing for Australian fashion retailers are going hungry due to poverty wages – and aggressive sourcing practices by Australian companies are contributing to the problem by driving wages down, claims new research. Oxfam Australia interviewed 470 garment workers from factories supplying brands including Big W, Kmart, Target and Cotton On, and found 100 per cent from Bangladesh and 74 per cent from Vietnam could not make ends meet. All the brands have now pledged to take steps to improve wages for workers in their supply chains.
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