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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Workers' Rights - Help us fight this injustice

Workers in developing countries have a pretty raw deal. They’re paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in harsh – often dangerous – conditions.

Yet, they’re producing some of the world’s most expensive and coveted brands.

In the sportswear and garment industry – where much of our work focuses – most of these workers are women.

Major sportswear brands rake in billions of dollars in profits every year, spend millions of dollars on slick ad campaigns and sponsor the highest-earning players in sport from David Beckham to Michael Jordan.

But dig beneath this glamorous fa├žade and you’ll see that this industry is built on the hard-working backs of some of the world’s poorest men and women.

Sportswear workers in Asia endure long hours in sweatshop-like conditions for on average less than US $3 a day and still struggle to feed and clothe themselves and their families.

There’s something wrong with this picture.

We’re working hard to ensure that the big brands like Nikeadidas and Puma treat their workers with respect and pay them enough to meet their basic needs.

How are we doing this?

By making the garment and sportswear giants accountable.

You can help by taking action with us.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Make Poverty History Forum in Launceston

On Thursday 8 August the City Baptist Church will be moderating Question & Answer forum with special guests from all major political parties.
This Forum is being organised by a coalition of local overseas development and advocacy groups.
Master of Ceremonies will be The Hon. Don Wing AM. A panel of federal candidates (Mr Geoff Lyons MHR, Mr Andrew Nikolic & Ms Lucy Landon-Lane) will be asked to respond to moderated questions from the floor. A short film featuring Launceston residents will also be shown.
To find a seat we recommend you arrive early.
Please contact us if you need to know more. We look forward to seeing you at the Forum.
  • Thursday 8 August 2013
  • 7pm
  • Launceston Town Hall Reception Room, St John Street
Hear some great guest speakers & let’s make poverty history!
Click on link here

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Check out the new range of commodities at the shop or online.

Introducing the new Hot Chocolate Stirrers. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate (from Oxfam) with a chocolate stirrer to make it taste better this winter! :)

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Board games for the brain

Come in and check out the board games in the shop. We have Sudoku to keep your brain active, or chess to test your patience! ;)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Noah's Ark

It's Noah's Ark theme at the Oxfam shop for the month of July. 

Come and support our producer partner. 

In 1986, a workshop was set up in India by Samuel Masih called Noah's Ark. Masih's goal was to ensure good healthcare, education and housing for very poor artisans in villages of Morabad. 

Noah's Ark has a primary goal of providing independence to its artisans. Every year, two or three of its members split off and form their own workshop. The organisation also ensures that women artisans are equally paid as men and their dignity is honoured. They do not use child labour or buy from organisations that do. Noah's Ark pays its artisans 20% more than the government's minimum wage.

As a proud fair-trade organisation, Noah's Ark's mission is to change lives through education and to help artisans become more aware of fair working conditions.

External Links:

Noah's Ark page
Noah's Ark website
Noah's Ark blog

Monday, 1 July 2013

Oxfam says THANK YOU!

Oxfam Australia says Thank You! to all its supporters throughout the years. 

We would like you to give yourself a pat on your back for the ongoing support you have provided, be it your precious personal time or monetary support or both, to keep Oxfam Australia going. 

Because of you, Oxfam Australia continues to support over 60 fair-trade producers and organisation around the world, including Indigenous Australians.

So, many thanks guys!!!