Actions, meetings and conferences organised by No Sweat and/or Students Against Sweatshops
By Visha Gopal
In a left-wing culture where the normal method of “debate” is either to slanderously misrepresent your opponent or ignore her existence, the discussion on Venezuela at this year’s No Sweat conference was a welcome change. It provided the 80 or so anti-capitalist activists who came to the session with a chance to consider and discuss clearly distinct assessments of the ongoing struggles in Venezuela, while at the same time raising a number of issues of major importance to Marxist theory.
Read on for details of London and South West London meetings, and No Sweat national conference
London No Sweat
meets on Monday 12 September, 7.30 at the Old Crown, New Oxford Street
Discussion on the practices of the Tescos supermarket chain
More info: Karen 07906 384 592
South West London No Sweat
Discusses Bolivia at 7.30 on Tuesday 30 August. Including a 30 minute video dealing with the “Gas War” and a speaker from the Bolivia Solidarity Campaign
No Sweat is an activist organisation committed to making practical solidarity with sweatshop workers worldwide. We have run campaigns in support of workers producing for Puma and Nike in central Mexico (£2.50 per day), and stitching Levi’s jeans in Haiti for £10 per week. We have protested in support for Indonesian sweatshop workers slaving for Reebok and Adidas. We have worked with Iraqi trade unionists, raising money and support to help their new unions. We have protested to support Chinese trade unionists that have been jailed by the regime for organising strikes.
NO SWEAT DISCUSSION
What does Fair Trade mean?
Monday 13 June, 7.30pm
Old Crown, 33 New Oxford St.
(Tubes: Holborn, Tottenham Ct Rd)
Speakers: Carmen Barrada (From the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign) and a No Sweat speaker
No Sweat Steering Group
Will meet at the University of London Union, Malet Street, Euston, London.
12.00 pm Sunday 19 June.
Followed by a Students Against Sweatshops committee meeting at 2.30.
London No Sweat Public Forum
“The meaning of Fair Trade”, a discussion with Carmen Barrada from the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Twenty-five student activists met in London on 23 April to discuss and plan the development of a major new student campaign, Students Against Sweatshops.
Participants included reps from People and Planet and Speak.
Plans were made to stage a seminar at the G8 counter summit in Edinburgh in July, and set up initial organisational structures.
The conception of the campaign is to bring together individuals and existing groups to work against sweatshops.
Upcoming events include "How fair is Fairtrade?", Central London No Sweat meeting and a visit to the Museum of Childhood. Read on for details.
How fair is Fairtrade? A debate between a Green Party councillor and others
7.30 Wednesday 27 April, Cowley Club, London Road
Central London No Sweat
Meets on Monday 9 May at 7.30
The Old Crown, New Oxford Street (Holborn/Tottenham Ct Rd tubes).
Contact 07906 384 592 for information.
Museum of Childhood, London
3–5pm, Saturday 23 April
2nd Floor, University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1 (Euston tube)
* Building international solidarity with workers’ struggles
* Campaigning for workers’ rights on campus
* Fighting student low wages and exploitation.
This meeting will establish a student activist network to
campaign and coordinate activity on these issues.
More information: tel 07961 040618 or email Laura Schwartz.
Sponsored by No Sweat..
Eyewitness from Nicaragua
Brighton No Sweat meeting, Thursday 24 March 6.30-8 pm, Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton
Find out how corporations are making a killing. Almost 100 per cent of clothing made in Nicaragua ends up in US shops.
Fair Trade Fortnight, World Development Forums, Night of Action for Trade Justice and Eyewitness from Nicaragua.
Read on for details.
Fair Trade Fortnight
Runs from 1–13 March.
Events and meetings on campuses and in towns throughout the UK.
Information and a diary of events on the Fair Trade web site.
World Development Forums
…in March include this meeting on 30 March, 7pm at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London:
“The Commission on Africa: agenda for change or wish list?”
Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled
Ethical fashion shows at the London College of Fashion
Two shows: 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm, Friday 25 Februaryat LCF, 20 John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus
To highlight the abuse of garment workers
The money raised will go to Haitian union organisation Batay Ouvriye which is unionising the Free Trade Zone on the Haitian-Dominican Republic border. Here, workers stitch Levi’s jeans for £10 a week and face violence from right-wing militias hired by management
All the latest news from No Sweat - the UK Campaign against sweatshop labour.
Appeal for Batay Ouvriye
No Sweat is working towards raising £2,000 for the Haitian trade union group Batay Ouvriye. You can donate online at the No Sweat website.
No Sweat is putting on two fashion shows on Friday 25 February at the London College of Fashion. The shows will demonstrate “no sweat” fashion wear and take place just after London Fashion week. Tickets will be £2.50. More details www.nosweat.org.uk
Appeal for Southern Oil Company Union
IRAQ, DEBT AND THE IMF. Thursday 13 January, 6.30pm. Golden Lion pub, King’s Cross Road, London. Organised by Iraqi Workers’ Solidarity Group. “Jubilee Iraq” speaker invited
NO SWEAT STEERING COMMITTEE. Meets at 11.30am on Sunday 23 January at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London, room 2B. Nearest tube: Euston. All activists welcome. Meeting runs till 3pm. Campaigns to be discussed include: G8 summit, London No Sweat fashion show, Haiti appeal
By Mark Osborn
On 15 October, at the same time as the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions leader, Subhi al Mashadani was being shouted down at Alexandra Palace, Conway Hall was packed for a benefit night with comedians Mark Thomas and Simon Munnery, to raise money for the Basra Unemployed Workers’ Centre, linked to the Union of the Unemployed of Iraq.
By Mick Duncan
No Sweat, the British anti-sweatshop campaign, began life as a national network a little under three years ago. During those three years the organisation has extended the breadth and scale of its work, which has included drives against sweatshop bosses abroad and in the UK.
Five national trade unions and the National Union of Students are now affiliated and No Sweat continues to grow, week by week.
No Sweat is bringing two main speakers to intervene at the ESF, with its own meetings and official seminars (time, date, place on the No Sweat website as soon as we know them).
They are: Yannick Etienne of the Bataye Ouvriye union federation of Haiti who will speak about the fight against sweatshops and how to make international solidarity; and Abdel Mabrouki of Stop Précarité, France, author of Génération Précaire, who will speak about the fight against casualisation and his experience organising fast food workers.
No Sweat will meet over the weekend of 4–5 December.
The event will be held at the University of London Union on Malet Street, London.
The Saturday will focus on debates and discussions.
The Sunday will be an activist training day with practical sessions aimed at developing campaign skills.
A weekend ticket costs £10 (waged); £5 (students and other concessions).
One-day tickets are £7.50 and £3.50.
You can get a ticket now by posting a cheque payable to
“No Sweat” to PO Box 36707, London SW9 8YA
News in brief
Thousands of people will march for fair trade, an end to global poverty and for environmental action at Labour Party conference, Brighton, Sunday 26 September.
The day’s events start at 1pm with a rally on Madeira Drive, Brighton.
London No Sweat
Paul Hampton introduces video of working conditions in Disney Factories in Haiti.
Plus discussion about new homeworkers’ initiative. Speaker from Oxfam.
Thursday 7 October, 7pm, Truckles Cellar Bar, Bury Place, Bloomsbury
More info: Karen 07906 384592
• S W London No Sweat meets on Monday 6 September, 7.30pm at BWTUC Centre, 898 Garratt Lane, Tooting, SW17 (Tooting Broadway tube).
Discussion on organising low paid and sweatshop workers in London, with speakers from T&G and GMB.
More than 50 protesters demonstrated outside Levi's flagship store in Central London last week.
The participants were from the Haiti workers' support group, No Sweat and the GMB union.
They were campaigning on behalf of the sacked workers who make Levi jeans in Haiti.
South West London No Sweat
Fair Trade Fashion
Fair Trade Fashion
Over 100 people packed into Durham Town Hall on Friday 18 June for the latest Fair Trade Fashion Show. The event was organised by Durham University anti-sweat shop campaign, an activist group which works to raise awareness of the realities of sweatshops and support alternatives.
Steering group, public meetings and march coming up....
No Sweat's steering group meets on Saturday 15 May, 12-4, central London. 07904 431 959 for more details.
South East London: Play Fair in the Olympics! Sportswear and sweatshops
By Liam Conway and Pat Yarker
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has become the fifth national union to affiliate to No Sweat.
A motion passed at the union's annual conference, held in Harrogate, includes comprehensive policy against sweatshop labour and an action plan for campaigning.
Support for No Sweat continues to grow around the country...Lecturers
The university lecturers' union, the AUT, passed policy on sweatshops and in support of the No Sweat campaign at its recent conference.
London 7.30 Tuesday 9 March
at The Dogstar, Brixton (corner of Coldharbour Lane and Atlantic Road)
Organised by No Sweat
A meeting on Thursday 18 March will launch a new North London 'No Sweat' campaigning group.
The meeting will hear Ewa Jasiewicz report on her nine-month visit to Iraq, and will decide on plans to step up local anti-sweatshop campaigning.
You can read more about it below, and you can view and download a PDF leaflet for the event here.
By Mick Duncan
Anti-sweatshop activists are targeting Disney to mark International Women' Day on 8 March. Women' Day is a chance to show solidarity with women workers across the world -and what better way than to highlight the plight of many tens of thousands of women workers who slave for Mickey Mouse?
By Peter Burton, Edinburgh No Sweat
In the last year Edinburgh City Council has let the sweatshop manufacturer Adidas use our schools to promote their brand name.
Some of us don't appreciate our children being influenced in this way and we don't like sweatshop employers, guilty of routinely paying poverty wages (sometime to children), passing themselves off as people whose first concern is a person's welfare.
London Chinatown New Year celebrations
Petitioning for the Liaoyang Two