'No Sweat' events

Actions, meetings and conferences organised by No Sweat and/or Students Against Sweatshops

No Sweat conference: sweatshops, workers, and international solidarity

Date: 

26 November, 2005 - 12:00

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SOAS, Thornhaugh St, London WC1.

Description: 

Click here to book online. Click here to read the agenda.

12.15 - 12.45: Plenary, Main hall.

Trade Justice, workers rights

Billy Hayes (CWU), Mick Duncan (No Sweat), Euripedes Yance (Colombian Coke worker, Sinaltrainal)

1.30 - 2.40 Workshops (1)

Main hall: Bolivian Gas Wars, speaker from Bolivia Solidarity Campaign plus film, 'Basta!'

Mtg Rm 1: Debate on Venezuela: "Chavez, friend or foe of Venezuelan workers?" Paul Hampton (No Sweat) and Rob Sewell (Hands off Venezuela)

Mtg Rm 2: Africa after the G8: Explo Nani Kofi, Saikou Samateh plus WDM on water privatisation

2.50 - 4.00 Workshops (2)

Main hall: Section of Naomi Klein's new film, The Take, on Argentina after 2001. Plus Alejandra Crosta from the Argentina Solidarity Campaign

Mtg Rm 1: The practices of the supermarket chains. Focus on Wal Mart and Tesco. War on Want and Tescopoly

Mtg Rm 2: Organising migrant workers: Justice for Janitors organiser, Valery Alzaga (SEIU, US), and a TGWU steward

4.10 - 5.10 Workshops (3)

Sweatshop practices of the Arcadia group. Martin Hearson (Labour Behind the Label)

Mtg Rm 1: Students: organising session for campus week of action (11-18 Feb 06), Living wage campaign on campuses. Dan Randall, P&P plus Matt Bolton from TELCO/London Citizens

Mtg Rm 2: debate on the G8 mobilisations and after: where now for activists? discussion with Martin Ohr (No Sweat), The Wombles and others

5.20 - 5.40 Closing plenary. Main Hall

Workers in Middle East: Yahaya al Alfaifi (Saudi Trade Unionist), and Houzan Mahmoud (Iraqi Federation of Workers' Councils)

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Child labour: discussion plus visit to exhibition, organised by North London No Sweat

Date: 

23 April, 2005 - 13:00

Location: 

Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green (meet at the information stand)

Description: 

Visit to the museum's exhibition on child labour, plus a meeting in the museum to discuss the issues. Children are welcome. During the exhibition they can play in the museum's soft play area with supervision.

You can download a PDF leaflet advertising this event here.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Yannick Etienne starts UK tour

Date: 

14 October, 2004 - 20:00

Location: 

Cowley Club, London Road, Brighton

Description: 

First meeting in the speaking tour organised by No Sweat for Yannick Etienne, an organiser for the Batay Ouvriye union federation in Haiti: click here for full details of the tour.

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Why we picket Tesco

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Stuart Jordan

Since October last year, London No Sweat, has been holding regular pickets of Tesco stores in the East End, exposing the exploitation that lies at the root of Tesco’s bumper profits and focussing particularly on workers’ struggles in Bangladesh. At our meeting in March Sam Maher updated us on the situation in Bangladesh.

Since October last year, London No Sweat, has been holding regular pickets of Tesco stores in the East End, exposing the exploitation that lies at the root of Tesco’s bumper profits and focussing particularly on workers’ struggles in Bangladesh

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Organising young workers: it can be done!

Super Size My Pay

New Zealand union organiser Mike Treen and French union activist Axel Persson spoke on organising, unionising and fighting for the rights of — mostly young — workers in the fast food industry.

They were speaking at a No Sweat meeting in the University of London Union on Saturday 16 February.

Axel Persson

Between 11 and 19 February, the anti-sweatshop campaign No Sweat organised a speaker tour with New Zealand union organiser and French union activist Axel Persson.

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How the first Starbucks strike was made

Super Size My Pay

Author: 

Mark Sandell
Mike Treen, National Director of the New Zealand union Unite, will be touring the country in February as part of a No Sweat national week of action.

Mike Treen, National Director of the New Zealand union Unite, will be touring the country in February as part of a No Sweat national week of action. [Details here]

He will explain how his union organised the world’s first Starbucks strike, winning recognition and better pay. What can we learn from Unite’s approach?

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Super Size My Pay: Young workers get organised

Super Size My Pay
Mike Treen of New Zealand's Unite Union, which ran the Supersize My Pay campaign, and Axel Persson, a young fast food worker and CGT union activist from Paris, will do a speaking tour as part of No Sweat's 2008 week of action (11-18 February).

Mike Treen of New Zealand's Supersize My Pay campaign and Axel Persson, a young fast food worker and CGT union activist from Paris, will do a speaking tour as part of No Sweat's 2008 week of action (11-18 February). Details here.

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No Sweat plans action

Author: 

Jack Staunton

Over 100 anti-sweatshop and workers’ rights activists gathered in London on the weekend of 1-2 December for this year’s No Sweat conference. The theme chosen for this year’s conference by the campaign — which works within the anti-capitalist movement to argue for solidarity with workers’ movements at home and abroad — was “Beating Big Brand Exploitation”.

The workers'-rights, anti-sweatshop-conditions campaign No Sweat plans its activities for the coming months.

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Picketing, leafleting and dancing

By Heather Shaw

The highlight of No Sweat and Students Against Sweatshop’s Week of Action (18-23 Feburary) was welcoming Andreas Aullet, a lawyer working with political prisoners and their families in Oaxaca, Mexico, and taking him on a tour of the UK.

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Zanon tour: Factories without bosses

The Zanon tile factory in Neuquen is one of many “recovered” factories in Argentina – factories taken over and run by the workers. Faced with pay cuts and redundancies – and then no pay at all – the Zanon workers occupied and began to run the factory. They are coming to Britain to discuss their experience with activists here.

Despite several attempted evictions, the workers, supported by their local community and allies have held out and even managed to dramatically increase production, sales and jobs.

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Thinking globally

By Becky Crocker

Around 200 workers, students and activists gathered for the fifth annual No Sweat conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London on Saturday 26 November. Speakers covered international and UK-based campaigns, from the Bolivian Solidarity Campaign to a TGWU cleaner activist and a session on the Arcadia Group which runs Top Shop. The sessions shared the theme of exposing global exploitation and building the global fight against it.

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