A new report outlining the development and accreditation of Australia's first industry initiative to fight sweatshop labour was launched today.

'Changing Fashion' The story of the No Sweatshop Label,' documents key aspects of the Homeworker Code Committee's Internet based system for providing companies with the tools to pay a fair piece rate based on Australian minimum standards and payment for the time it takes the outworker to sew the garment.

To date four companies - Australian Defence Apparel, Resort Report, Qualitops and Poppets - have become accredited under the Code.  They have produced the evidence required for accreditation and have been given permission to display the 'No SweatShop Label' in their garments to indicate their products are made under fair and legal conditions.

A further seven companies are in the process of becoming accredited, and others are currently negotiating to begin the process.  There are now signs that the 'No SweatShop Label' is becoming known amongst manufacturers. 

"The initiative, enabling consumers who care about the labour behind the label to make a choice, can't come soon enough for outworkers, who are among the most disadvantaged workers in Australia," TCF union campaign coordinator Annie Delaney said.

"They rarely receive superannuation or WorkCover in case of injury and they never receive sick leave or holiday pay. Children are frequently required to help with the work because of unrealistic deadlines and the low pay rates of $2 to $5 an hour," she added.