Calling for a Slavery Free Guarantee!!
Slavery or human trafficking is involved in the production of goods such as cocoa, seafood, bricks, clothing, rugs and palm oil in some countries. These goods are being exported and sold around the world including in Australia.
Australia is lagging behind a number of other developed consumer countries, most notably the US, in taking actions to encourage companies to ensure the goods they import and sell are free from slavery and human trafficking. Australian law recognises that slavery and human trafficking are serious offences wherever they occur but it has failed to offer any incentive for companies selling imported goods in Australia to ensure slavery and human trafficking have not been involved in the production of goods they are importing.
The failure to enforce Australian law and of voluntary corporate codes makes Australian consumers complicit in modern day slavery.
The NTEU has joined with anti-human trafficking coalition STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia, the ACTU, the NUW and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia in a campaign to demand the Australian Government ensure imported goods are free of slavery and human trafficking in their supply chain, the ‘Slavery Free Guarantee’ campaign.
The campaign follows a two year study, Unshackling Laws Against Slavery, examining the steps other consumer countries around the world are taking to combat slavery and human trafficking in the production of imported goods.
The report can be downloaded from http://stopthetraffik.org.au/take-action/unshackling-laws-against-slavery/
A petition in support of the campaign can be signed online at http://www.change.org/petitions/australian-senate-slavery-free-guarantee
Postcards for the campaign can be ordered by e-mailing Australia@stopthetraffik.org