Day 6: Worker voice and empowerment.
It’s Saturday… just 2 days to go!
It may be your usual day to relax, go to the gym, or go out for a meal… so it could be a tough day for you to still be re-wearing those same items. But I have some good news for you: if you’ve raised over $200 so far, then you can add an additional item to your wardrobe today!
TIP: Let the next person who sponsors you, pick your additional item.
If you haven’t reached this target yet, why not encourage your friends and family who have not yet supported your challenge, to make today the day.
Today’s topic is WORKER VOICE AND EMPOWERMENT!
Our prayer is that this takes you deeper in your understanding of the global fashion industry and gives you the ability to speak even more confidently about the role we as consumers can play in ending exploitation.
It is crucial that the collective worker
That’s why it’s particularly important to provide a safe space for employees to voice their concerns about violations to their rights and safety and to negotiate remediation. voice is heard throughout the global supply chain. Trade unions, collective bargaining agreements, and grievance mechanisms are all tools to make sure that worker concerns are understood and acted upon.
Worker voice and empowerment is also essential to ensure that all policies put in place are working as intended, with workers being treated in accordance with their rights and company codes… after all, who is better than a worker to make this assessment?
That’s why it’s particularly important to provide a safe space for employees to voice their concerns about violations to their rights and safety and to negotiate remediation.
So… how is the global fashion industry tracking?
According to the 2019 Ethical Fashion Report, only 1 in 5 companies could demonstrate the presence of trade unions and/or collective bargaining agreements in the majority of final stage facilities. However, 1 in 3 companies reported having a functioning grievance mechanism at some stage of the supply chain, that workers can access anonymously in their native language.
The Christina Jessica diaries.
We met Christina Jessica when we visited Tamil Nadu, a state in Southern India. Tamil Nadu is at the heart of India’s textile production and Christina Jessica’s experience is one shared by thousands of girls just like her in this region. Today, Christina Jessica continues her story about her life as a worker in the global fashion supply chain.
“I learned that many of my fellow workers could not read or write, so they did not understand the terms they had agreed to in their employment contracts.
When we were faced with issues in the workplace, it was nearly impossible to have our concerns heard… and as I have told you, our ‘issues’ were not small.
We were underpaid and overworked. We were bullied and harassed. Conditions were unsafe and our health was daily put at risk. And we had no one to speak to but our supervisors… who were often the very cause of our concerns.
The only way for us to keep our jobs was to keep quiet and tolerate the poor conditions
I felt forgotten. I felt unheard.”
Challenge yourself to go deeper still.
Has this week got you thinking more about the you we consume? Baptist World Aid Australia, together with the Consumed campaign, is seeking to change the conversation around consumption. We want to highlight the problems, identify the barriers to change, and engage communities in finding more sustainable ways to consume… and you have a role to play! Find out more: www.consumed.org.au/