Actions, meetings and conferences organised by No Sweat and/or Students Against Sweatshops
LARC, 62 Fieldgate St, London E1
Top Shop, 214 Oxford St, London W1 (near Oxford Circus)
Across the country, to 18 February.
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Battersea and Wandsworth TU Centre, 898 Garratt Lane, London SW17
Disney, Oxford St, London, moving on to Warner Bros
The Plough, 27 Museum St, London WC1
SOAS, Thornhaugh St, London WC1.
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)
Old Crown, 33 New Oxford St
Join us leafleting Tesco on Tottenham Court Road from 18:00.
BWTUC Organising Centre, 898 Garratt Lane, SW17
Eritrean Embassy, 96 White Lion St, London N1
Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, London WC1
Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road, London N7
Cost: 2 quid, free b4 7.30pm
Get There: Tube: Holloway Rd or Archway. Buses: 43, 271.
More: Art Music Politics.
Old Crown pub, 33 New Oxford St, London W1
Uni of London Union, Malet St, London WC1
Cowley Club, London Road, Brighton
Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green (meet at the information stand)
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.
Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor St, London SW
Organised by No Sweat. Tickets are Â£8 and Â£5. Money raised goes to No Sweat and the Baghdad workers' conference.
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.
More: 07719 283 132
2nd Floor, University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1 (Euston tube)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.