Every single day, many of the women who make our clothes are forced to work in fear. But you can help stop exploitative work practices and ensure their safety.
Join us in demanding that Myer:
Puts workers' lives before profits
Signs the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry
Workers lives are at risk
Fire and building safety disasters have killed thousands of garment workers. This year marks 10 years since the worst of these disasters - the 2013 Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed 1,134 workers and injured thousands more.
This was a disaster waiting to happen.
When structural cracks were discovered in the building workers begged to be sent home but managers refused.
We must act now to prevent another Rana Plaza disaster.
The collapse of Rana Plaza led to the development of an acclaimed, legally binding safety agreement between fashion brands, factories and trade unions – the International Accord.
The Accord has made over a thousand factories in Bangladesh safer and protected the lives of millions of garment workers. But countless more workers continue to be at risk.
What we can do to keep workers safe
Over 190 brands have signed the Accord but Myer continues to put workers’ safety at risk by refusing to sign.
Sign the petition today and tell Myer that you care about workers safety.
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Destructive weather fueled by climate change is causing an increase floods, fires, and historic famines that are devastating lives all over the world. Whilst climate change affects us all, it hurts some people more than others and many communities are struggling to survive.
Women, young people, First Peoples, and those already experiencing poverty or inequality are at greatest risk.
The climate crisis and the system that created it are the biggest contributors to global poverty and inequality today. Years of reckless climate policy has allowed fossil fuel giants to get rich by mining and burning coal, oil and gas like there’s no tomorrow while those who contributed least to the crisis are plunged deeper into poverty. It is estimated that climate change could drive a further 122 million people into extreme poverty by 2030.
Climate change, sometimes referred to as global warming, is a substantial and continuous change in the global average temperature, driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Learn More.
What is climate justice?
Climate justice relates to the impact of climate change on humans. Because climate change will impact the people who are least responsible for causing it, and who are least likely to be able to recover, we must seek climate justice to help them respond. Climate justice considers the impact of climate change on those who are most vulnerable to its effects — women, young people and indigenous communities — as a human rights issue.
How is climate change affecting poverty and hunger?
According to the World Bank, global food insecurity is rising, due in large part to our changing climate. Global warming is influencing weather patterns, causing heat waves, heavy rainfall and droughts, which hurts food production and the agricultural sector. Rising food prices in 2021 were a significant factor in pushing around 30 million additional people towards food insecurity.
What should Australia be doing?
It’s critical that we take action to restrict the global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius. Beyond this point, many countries will face devastation. We must take action at home and on the world stage to combat climate change by making a commitment to reduce Australia’s domestic emissions by 74% below 2005 levels by 2030, reaching net-zero emissions by 2035, and developing a concrete plan to phase out coal and gas from Australia’s energy supply.
Why is Oxfam working on climate change?
We believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty. Climate change is the single biggest threat to our vision of a just and sustainable world. It’s already hurting billions of people – from the drought-wracked plains of sub-Saharan Africa to the fire- and flood-affected regions of Australia.
What evidence do we have for climate change?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the most authoritative international body on climate science. According to the IPCC's most recent assessment report, "human- caused climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. This has led to widespread adverse impacts and related losses and damages to nature and people. Vulnerable communities who have historically contributed the least to current climate change are disproportionately affected." Read more.
Demand Myer put safety first
Myer - ensure the women who make our clothes are safe at work!