What Does The Homeworkers Code Of Practice Dols


What the Code is About
Companies Who have signed the Homeworkers' Code of Practice
Retailers, manufacturers, fashion houses and labels who have not signed the Homeworkers Code Of Practice
Co's targetted for letters to sign code

 

What the Code is about

The homeworkers' code of practice has been developed by the TCFUA

together with representatives of the retail and manufacturing in the textile, clothing and footwear industries. The Code is a self regulatory system that intends to regulate and monitor the production chain from the retailer to the homeworker.

It also attempts to simplify the reporting requirements of manufacturers building solidly on award entitlements to workers.

There are two parts of the code.

Part one is the part relevant to retailers, "The Statement of Principles Regarding Homeworkers Wages and Conditions".

This includes:

Ten principles that outline the parties to the agreement intent.

The acceptable work conditions and pay rates homeworkers should receive.

That parties to the agreement will promote that manufacturers must comply with these standards.

Retailers who purchase products not produced by exploited labour may use or identify these products with a logo or other sign of compliance.

Retailers committ not to sell products which have been produced by exploited labour, this may include terminating a relationship with a supplier.

The Code will lead to garments carrying a sign that they are manufactured ethically and that shops will carry a logo if they stock such clothing. Retailers may promote the fact that they only deal with accredited manufacturers who do not exploit homeworkers.

Part Two The Code of Practice: This part sets out the criteria for participating manufacturers.

There is a Code of Practice Committee which will oversee the setting up and ongoing management of the Code.

It involves an accreditation procedure whereby manufacturers who give work to contractors or directly to homeworkers seek accreditation.

The accreditation process will ensure that from the retailer down to the homeworker the chain is transparent.

This will be achieved by the following steps:

Retailer signatory to the Principles will provide to the union lists of their suppliers

Retailer will require their suppliers in their purchase contracts, to comply with all laws and regulations including payment of the sewing garment rate relevant to homeworkers.

Manufacturers or suppliers to retailers will seek accreditation

Accredited suppliers will provide documentation to Code Committee verifying that the subcontractors they use are keeping all appropriate documentation and paying their homeworkers according to the agreed garment sewing time manual standard.

Pay rates for homeworkers

The introduction of a timing manual where garments will be classified into three levels of complexity and become the standard for fixing sewing time rates translated into pay rates for homeworkers.

The minute sewing time per garment provided to the homeworker to sew will be adjusted with percentages for annual leave and public holidays. The homeworker must receive with each batch of work paperwork which identifies that the homeworker is being paid correctly according to the standard.

The code also specifies the minimum garments (total amount of work) per week a homeworker can receive from a contractor over a two week period as well as the maximum work load they can receive over a two week period.

Manufacturers will risk loosing accreditation and contracts with retailers if their contractors fail to pay homeworkers correctly.

Code of Practice Committee:

The committee will undertake an education and information program to educate and inform Manufacturers , Homeworkers and Consumers about the code.

 

Companies Who have signed the Homeworkers' Code of Practice

 
 

 

 

LIST OF COMPANIES WHO HAVE AGREED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LABOUR BEHIND THEIR LABELS

 

Retailers who signed a ‘Deed of Co-operation" with the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia in 1995/96

Australia Post Ken Done & Associates Pty Ltd

Country Road Pty Ltd Target Australia

 

Retailers who have signed the Homeworkers Code of Practice
Best and LessBig WBrown Sugar
Coles SupermarketDaimaruDavid Jones
DottiEventsFashion Fair
FosseysGowingsJacqui E
JagJust Jeans Pty LtdKaties
KmartLowes ManhattanMaggie T
Myer Grace BrosNajeePelaco Pty Ltd
PortmansRockmansRoger David
SabaSussanSuzanne Grae
The Clothing CompanyWestco JeansWitchery Fashions Pty Ltd
Woolworths

 

Manufacturers, Fashion Houses and Wholesalers who have signed the Homeworkers Code of Practice

Adidas

Anthea Crawford*

AFG Kidswear

Australian Defence Apparel

Autumn

Brian Rochford*

Carla Zampatti P/L*

Casco Blue Pty Ltd

Clothes Scene Pty Ltd

Conarge

Consolidated Apparel P/L*

Cue*

C.T.M. Clothing

Dara Star Fashions*

Depict Distributors

Depict Knits

Dewspot

Diamond Cut*

Dimension Clothing

G A Fashions*

Gazal

General Pants*

Hadfom P/L*

Hallmark Mitex

Hot Clothing Co. P/L*

Hot Gossip*

Hot Tuna Pty Ltd

Hound Dog Australia P/L

House of David

House of Stitches

Ivorie Australia

K Mart

Kenwall Clothing Co. P/L*

King Gee Clothing Co.Konange Pty LtdL A Shirts*
Lisa T Shirts* Mont Adventure Equip’t*My Garment Co. P/L*
Jasprop/AutumnNeater FashionsDavenport
Taking ShapeNeat N' Trim

Pacific Brands

BerleiBonds IndustriesCandy Footwear
HoleproofJockey/Red Robin
Park Lane FashionsPeter Weiss Pty LtdPaddymade*
Ranier P/L*Resort Report*Physico*
RumoursScuttleReview*
SimonaSara Lee IntimatesSheridan*
Sportsgirl/Sportscraft*S F Corporate Clothing*Sport Fashion Group
Stafford GroupSportsknit P/LS&R Fashions
Tajura Fashions*Sunny Textile IndustriesTable Eight*
Trent Nathan P/L*Time SportswearTrackmaster
Turning Point
 

 

Yaramovsky Pty Ltd
*indicates signed the Retailer section of Code also
Industry Associations who have signed the Homeworkers Code of Practice
ARA - Australian Retailers Association (specific section within the Code for ARA members)
TFIA - Textile Footwear Industry Association
ABC - Australian Business Chamber
ACM - Australian Chamber of Manufactures

Retailers, manufacturers, fashion houses and labels who have not signed the Homeworkers Code Of Practice

26 Red
ARC Fashions
A.P sportwear
Advance Force
Alexanders Clothing
Allied Force
Andorra Aust.
Antipodes
Any Wear
Aroma Atelier
Aust. Fashion Grp
Australia Co-ordinates
Australian horizons
Avon Fashion
AWR Outbound
Backbay Clothing
Bad Girl
Bardot
Berkeley Fashions
Big Deal
Billabong
Billie Cart Clothing
Bintax Sportswear
Bisonte
Black lagoon
Blazer
Blooms Design
Blue Gum
Blue Illusion
Blue Ridge
Botticelli
Box Canyon
Brag distributors
Brag jeans
Braggers
Brave
Breakaway Sportwear
Canturbury Intern
Casual Guy
Casuals plus
Chelsea
Chelsea Girl
Cherry Lane
Christopher Ari
Christopher Chronis
Christopher George
CK Clothing
Contempo
Converse
Country club
CR Brearley & Co
Cranlough t/ahomebase
Creative Brands
Creative Clothing
Dachet
Danchen Fashions
Definitions exclusive
Design Marks
Designer Kidz
Dialogue
Diesel
Dimension Clothing
Dimmeys
Discovery
Dixon clothing
Dolina
Dominex
Dryen
Eastbound Cloth Co
Eastside clothing
Eco Vision Elite
Elle Clothing
Esprit
Farah
Fashion Warehouse
Feathers
Fields Knitwear
Fiorinni
Fiorelli
Fila
Fletcher Jones
French Poodle
Fubu
Garfunkle
Gaz man
Genuine Article Clth.
Geoff Blade
George
Gross
Givoni
H2O
Hang Ten
Harris Scarfe
Harry Who
Harridex
Harts
Havana Blue
Hemlea Fields
Hilton Fashion stores
Hilton Hosiery
Hilton Kayser Impressions
Inroads Clothing Items
Jay Jays
Jane Lamerton
Jean Wear
Jelle
John Cavill
Johnny Dexter
JPD by Jump Julie Slade Jump distributors
Jump items
Kactus Bay
Kea
Kelly Country clthing
Kerry McGee
Kids Club
Klue
Landes Warehouse
Last Gasp Jeans
Laura Ashley
L&N Ross
Leona Edmiston
Lisa Barron
Little House
Living Doll
Lotto
Luva Wear New Attitude Fashions Nif Naf
M Hambour & Sons
Maestro
Mainline
Man to Man
Mahon miralia
Malcolm Distr.
Mambo
Marianna Hardwick
Mark Richards Designs
Mazi
Melissa
Merlvic Schrank
MGT
Mini
Minor
Mondrian Corp
Mooks
Mossimo
Mutz manufacturing
My Size
Nelson Leong
New Kid in town
Nike
No Excess
O&B Clothing
Ojay
OMN
Oshkosh B'Gosh
Otard Creations
Oz-Teez
Ozzie CozziePagoda
Part of mePerri Cutten
Pilgrim
PolitixPopcorn
Portfolio
Portino
Postie Fashions
Pretty Girl Fashion
Preview
Prodigee
Propaganda
PTO
Puff'n Gully
Puma
Quarterback Clothing
Quicksilver
R.Jay
R.M Williams
Radio Active
Respect
Rich
Rip Curl
Rita Louise
Rivers
Rixon Holdings
Rob Paynter
Rockwell Clothing
Run Scotty Run
RustlersSammi of melb.
Sanro
Satch
Scanlan & Theodore
Scooter ManagementSfida Sports
Sirocco House
Sky designs
Smartline
Solo
Solutions
Spalding Aust.
Spare time
Squirtz
State of Art
Step
Stockley Clothing
Stuart McDondald
Stubbies Clothing Co
Studio Kids
Stussy
Sunday Jump
Sunprints
Sunshine Clothing
Supre Sweet Dreams
Syndicate Taxi
The Collection
The Santuary Thomas
Cook Time Frame
TNT
Torpedoes
Trackerjack
Trebble AAA
Trend Avenue Apparel
Trisstar
Tuffa
Vanilla
Weavers
Vertigo
Very Very
Victoria Pde Clothing
Victory Vita pacific
WBZ-810
Wild Card
Work Out
Yakka
Young Originals

Co's targetted for letters to sign code:
Atelier
Bad Girl
Billabong
Brave John
Cavill Jane
Lamerton
Mambo
Mooks
Mossimo
Perri Cutten
Stussy
Very Very


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Two carers were secretly filmed ‘degrading’ a blind and elderly dementia sufferer.

During the disturbing incident at the care home, they ‘forcibly and unceremoniously’ dumped the woman onto her bed to clean her, the hearing was told.

When she started to complain one worker threatened to ‘break every bone’ in her body, ‘kill’ her and drag her by the head to her bed, prosecutors said. She was also physically abused, being slapped across here face causing her to yelp in pain.

The incident was captured on secret CCTV cameras installed by the victim’s daughter after she became concerned about her mother’s unexplained injuries. In the footage from March 31 the distressed victim is heard repeatedly crying and pleading to God for help.

The incident prompted an unannounced inspection by government watchdogs the Care Quality Commission which has downgraded the home to ‘inadequate’, the court heard. Problems with staffing, training and management contributed to the incident, the court was told. Both defendents claimed their initial training consisted of watching a series of DVDs then answering questions which they never got any feedback on.

One of the accused workers said they felt out of their depth and wrote to managers to say they were not coping and felt bullied.

Following the case, a spokesperson for the home said: “We were shocked and appalled by the actions of these individuals, whose behaviour went against everything we stand for as an organisation. “We have fully supported the police investigation and the successful prosecution of the two offenders, who we are pleased will now be prevented from working in a care setting again. “We are disappointed the recent CQC report was used by the defence – this was a wholly unacceptable act by two rogue individuals that is not representative of the professional, caring and dedicated staff who work at the home.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Berkson said the defendents’ behaviour had ‘degraded’ the victim and was ‘cruel and anything but caring’. He said: “She was verbally abused by both of you. She was slapped in the face by one and the other did not stop it, report it and appeared unconcerned.

They were sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours’ unpaid work and they must both pay the victim £250 compensation.

Source Manchester Evening News

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