Fair Work focuses on clothing outworkers

factory, workers, fashion, sewingMigrant and overseas workers who make clothes from their homes are the focus of a new two year education and compliance campaign by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Fair Work will contact 1000 clothing retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and contractors to raise awareness about their obligations to clothing outworkers under workplace laws.

The businesses will be provided with information packs on topics such as awards, working with clothing outworkers, keeping employment records, and issuing pay slips.

Fair Work inspectors will make face to face visits to businesses in attempt to gain insights into issues within the industry and barriers to non compliance.

Information will also be provided to local councils, migrant resource centres, ethnic support groups, and other relevant community organisations.

A number of employer groups and unions have agreed to assist in promoting the Fair Work Ombudsman’s campaign.

The campaign will include radio and newspaper advertising and social media activities.

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