International unions

Stop New Era Union-Busting

Earlier this year, in response to low wages, unsafe working conditions, and racial discrimination, workers at the New Era plant in Mobile, Alabama attempted to organize a union. Management responded with an intense anti-union campaign that culminated in the firing of more than 20 workers. As if this weren't enough, New Era has just announced that they plan to permanently lay off 20 more workers right before the holiday season.

Read on for facts on New Era, to download workers' own stories and to email the company to tell them to stop Union Busting!

E-appeal: Tommy Hilfiger and the rights of Mexican jean workers

Tell Tommy Hilfiger, Guess and Dickies: Stop the firings of Mexican jean workers; support their right to a union of their choice

H&M workers fight for and win union rights in US

H&M workers win representation in US

More than 1,000 employees of the H&M clothing store chain have won the right to be represented by the US trade union, RWDSU, as a result of an innovative agreement between H&M, a Sweden-based company and RWDSU. The pact with H&M is one of a series of agreements the company has reached with affiliates of UNI global union that signed a global agreement with the Swedish-based retailer thart recognises labour rights wherever the company operates.

Support Vaqueros Navarra Workers in Tehuacan, Mexico

Action appeal and news from Tehuacan, Mexico.

Support Mexican garment workers producing for the likes of Tommy Hillfiger and Dickies, fighting to for their own union.

From the Maquila Solidarity Network via the Clean Clothes Campaign.

Trade unionists faces death penalty for "treason"

In a series of disturbing incidents, following the imposition of emergency rule, Pakistan's military rulers are seeking to quell all democratic dissent by giving the army wide ranging powers to bring people before military courts and threatening the death penalty against activists. Liaquat Ali Shah, one of the leaders of the solidarity campaign for the Karachi Pearl Continental Hotel Trade Union, and a trade union leader in his own right at the State Bank of Pakistan, has been charged with treason, an offence which carries the death penalty.

Photo from inside the Grupo M factory in Ouanaminthe

Workers producing Levi's jeans, Free Trade Zone, Haiti

Demonstrate for democracy in Pakistan, London

10/11/2007 - 2:00pm
10/11/2007 - 4:00pm

Against the Imposition of Martial Rule in Pakistan
Stop Martial Rule in Pakistan !
Release all political prisoners now!
Restore the Judiciary!
Restore Democracy!

Time & Date: 2pm, Saturday 10th November
Venue: Opposite Downing Street

Organised by: Campaign Against Martial Law in Pakistan
Protest will be lead by Ms. Hina Jillani, Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan (HRCP)
Contact no: 07939782872

International transport workers demand Mansour Osanloo's release

Commenting on news that Iranian trade union leader Mansour Osanloo has been sentenced to five years imprisonment ITF General Secretary David Cockroft said: “We have just heard that an injured, victimised trade unionist has been condemned to jail on charges that would be laughable if they weren’t so serious.”

Oaxaca film show, speaker. London

02/11/2007 - 6:00pm
02/11/2007 - 9:00pm

Oaxaca activists bring community-teacher movement to Europe

Friday 2 November 6 - 9pm

Introductory film:
OAXACA: Megamarch for Justice
(34 mins)

Followed by speakers from:
The education workers’ union Section 22, CODEP (Comité de Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo – Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the People) and APPO (Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca – Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca)

Meeting organised by Global Women’s Strike & Payday men’s network

Venue: Public & Commercial Services Headquarters,

Support Mansour Ossanlu, sign the Amnesty appeal

Amnesty International is running an e-protest in support of the jailed Iranian trade union leader Mansour Ossanlu.

Indian Gap supplier: another death

Third death in a year at Indian factory that supplies Gap
· Clothing firm tells supplier to investigate conditions
· Worker verbally abused for leave request, union says

Cambodian trade unionists, London

17/10/2007 - 4:00pm
17/10/2007 - 6:00pm

Three representatives from the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTU) in October are coming to the UK to receive One World Action’s Sternberg Award for their outstanding contribution to development and human rights.

Coca-Cola trade union leader's family attacked


Egyptian textile workers win victory

Workers at the Mahalla plant have won an important victory

Mexican maquila workers need your help in fight for union rights

Urgent request for solidarity with workers at the Vaqueros Navarra garment factory in Puebla, Mexico
Take action now

New Zealand union shows way to organise fast-food workers

Jarad Phillips, fast-food workers' organiser for the Unite union discusses lessons from union drives to organise Burger King and Starbucks.
This interview was conducted by a former No Sweat member now working for a union in New Zealand.

Tell Puebla State Authorities to Respect Workers’ Rights

August 2, 2007
Urgent request for solidarity with workers at the Vaqueros Navarra garment factory in Puebla, Mexico

Take action now

In Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico, leaders of a grassroots movement to win representation by an independent union have been fired and supporters are being harassed and pressured to “voluntarily” resign. Some workers have refused to give in to management intimidation and are continuing to press for legal recognition of an independent union. Workers are being dismissed daily under the pretext that there is a shortage of work.

Take action at:

Protest at the seizure of trade union premises in Albania

The Albanian Authorities have raided the offices of the Albanian trade union movement and suppresseed their ability to organise. Below is a letter of protest from the TUC.

Starbucks No Sweat briefing notes

No Sweat briefing on Starbucks

August 2007

Starbucks – global corporation

Starbucks is the world's largest coffee chain. Founded in the early 1970s in the United States (US), last year its annual global turnover was $7.8bn (£3.9bn). Starbucks announced in October 2006 its long-term expansion target of 40,000 outlets around the world, more than triple the existing number.

Mexican Maquila workers need your urgent support

This is an urgent request for solidarity with workers
at the Vaqueros Navarra garment factory in Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico.

Protest for Mansour Ossanlou, London

09/08/2007 - 12:00pm
09/08/2007 - 3:00pm

Free Mansour Ossanlou, Mahmoud Salehi and all class-war prisoners in Iran
Solidarity with the Iranian workers' movement

As part of the week of action in solidarity Iranian workers supported by
international unions including the International Transport Workers'
Federation, activists in Britain will be demonstrating outside the embassy
of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday 9 August. We will be demanding
the release of all worker, women's rights and student activists jailed by
the Islamist regime, starting with Tehran busworkers' leader Mansour


Starbucks has a nice friendly image, but the reality is a little different...
Here you'll find a leaflet to download, a briefing, links, photos. Why not help our protests on Saturday 18 August?
Find out more...

TUC Iraq news

Union news connecting UK unions with the new unions in Iraq

Stop the Crackdown on Labour Activists in Iran

An open letter from the Worker Communist Party of Iran, protesting the arrest, harrassment and even stoning to death of worker activists including Mansoor Ossanlou and Mahmoud Salehi.

Nike cut contracts, workers suffer

Indonesian workers damand Nike protect jobs

South Africa: the workers vs. the ANC

26/07/2007 - 7:30pm
26/07/2007 - 9:15pm

Public discussion meeting about recent strikes in SA, organised by Workers' Liberty
Lucas Arms, Gray's Inn Road, Kings Cross, London

Iraqi Workers Rally to Protest Oil Law

A video of demonstration can be seen at

Eye witness and news reports follow of a demonstration of hundreds of Iraqi workers, protesting at the proposed oil law which seeks to privatise and sell off the massive Iraqi oil fields to wetern corporations.

Hamas attacks Palestinian unions; TUC backs workers' organisations

TUC have put out a statement in solidarity with the PGFTU [Palestinian union federation] in Gaza

Release Mansour Osanloo!

Iranian workers' leader Mansour Osanloo has been detained again...

Batay Ouvriye and Brazilian Trade Unionists Attacked in Haiti

Statement from Batay Ouvriye, on the violent attack on them and trade union comrades from Brazil, in Haiti on a solidarity tour...

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