'No Sweat' events

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

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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. [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, 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.

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Super Size My Pay: Young workers get organised

Super Size My Pay

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.

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).

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No Sweat plans action

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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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The left debates Venezuela

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.

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Get involved in No Sweat!

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.

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