The loud orange supporter T-shirts of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party are made in Bangladesh, according to The New Daily.
It’s a key policy of the party to support local workers.
“We should not force industry and employment to go offshore,” One Nation’s website reads.
“We desire a return to Australian ownership of land, resources, public utilities and businesses. The assets and resources of Australia must be the property of the Australian people.”
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union’s Michele O’Neil told the publication the T-shirts, which sell for $25 each, were “an extraordinarily bad call”.
“There are skilled workers making quality political T-shirts in Australia. And as a party that claims to be based on ordinary working people’s lives, it shows the hypocrisy of that claim,” she said.
“All it says is you can trust Pauline Hanson to not support local workers and to promote her party on the backs of exploited workers in a third-world country.”
Bangladesh’s garment industry is one of the biggest exporters in the world, the International Labour Organization says.
Yet the organisation records show the minimum wage for an entry-level garment worker is about 34 cents per hour or US $52 per month.
Only about 10 per cent of Bangladesh’s 4,500 garment factories have registered unions, and the country’s labor laws require 30 per cent of workers in a factory to agree to forming a union before one can be founded, according to Human Rights Watch.
SBS World News has contacted One Nation for comment.
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