People willing to pay more for safely made clothes: Oxfam

NINE out of 10 Australians are willing to pay more for clothes if they know the workers who make them have safe conditions, an Oxfam survey has found.

Just as many people believe fashion companies should publish a list of where their factories are located.

Oxfam Australia chief Dr Helen Szoke said the national survey of 1000 people showed Australians wanted fair wages and safe conditions for garment workers.

"Of those who were willing to pay more, 21% were happy to pay more than $10, 30% would pay $5-10 extra and 48% would pay $2-$5," Dr Szoke said. "This is incredible, given that just $1 more would mean a substantial difference to a worker earning only $20 a week."

Dr Szoke said Oxfam had found that seven of Australia's 12 major fashion retailers did not publish a full list of names and locations of overseas factories.

The survey comes three years after the death of 1130 workers in a clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh.


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