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Myer commits to payment of living wage for garment workers

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Australian departmental store Myer has made a commitment toward paying a living wage to garment workers who make clothes for its list of brands.

The move comes after human rights organisation, Oxfam Australia actively engaged with Myer for more than five years encouraging the company to be more transparent.

If Myer delivers on its commitment, garment workers of Miss Shop, Basque and Wayne by Wayne will be paid a living wage that covers basic essentials for family, housing, healthcare, transport and education.

Oxfam Australia’s economic justice strategic lead, Nayeem Emran, appreciated Myer for its commitment and added that brands that fail to provide a living wage are ‘perpetuating’ a system that keeps women in poverty.

“Myer has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the payment of living wages – a universal human right for every working person around the world, including the women who make our clothes,” said Emran.

Oxfam says it is lobbying The Just Group, which owns Peter Alexander and Just Jeans, among other brands, to publicly commit to the policy for its source factories.

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