The rise in prices for some clothing has seen manufacturers in Australia’s apparel industry lose money, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.
“Rising manufacturing costs, which are rising faster than wages, mean we’re seeing lower margins, lower margins for the apparel sector,” said Mark Evans, a national president of the union.
“The cost of doing business in Australia has been increasing in real terms over the last decade.
The cost is now going to keep rising.””
Our message to all the industry is this is the cost of living that is driving them to the bottom of the barrel.”
“The cost is now going to keep rising.”
The union says this year’s price increases are the biggest in the industry’s history, and will see the industry lose $5.4 billion to $6.2 billion this financial year.
“That’s the worst year in terms of the cost to business in the apparel industry,” Mr Evans said.
The union is calling for an end to the cost-cutting measures and for the government to stop cutting back on spending on infrastructure projects and welfare payments.
“We need a commitment from the Government that there will be no further cost-cut measures and that we’re going to be investing in infrastructure,” he said.
“It’s just a shame that the Government has not acted sooner.”
The ABC has asked Mr Evans to comment on the union’s concerns.