Made in Australia, 10 mins
The term ‘outworker’ is given to those people, predominantly migrants with little or no English skills, in Australia who work at home sewing clothes for major Australian retailers in what has been called ‘Australia’s Sweatshops’. The outworker industry is characterised by extremely low pay, long working hours, heavy workloads, unreasonable deadlines and strenuous working conditions. This film reveals but a few of the forgotten faces behind a Made in Australia fashion label. It explores the stories of five extraordinary Vietnamese women as they uncover the harsh realities of their working lives. They demonstrate that sweatshops exist not only abroad but right here in our own backyard – in particular, the suburbs of Melbourne. This film has relevance to everyone – we all wear clothes.