Bangladeshi Textile Workers Speak

04/12/2008 - 7:00pm
07/12/2008 - 6:00pm

Speakers include:

Shahida Sarkar is the President of the National Garment Workers Federation. After losing her father in her late teens, she was forced to move to the capital and seek work in the garment industry. She soon began organising in her workplace and rose through the ranks of this grassroots trade union Adiba Begum has worked in the garment industry since she was just 13. She was widowed and left with two children when her husband was killed in a factory fire. She was paid no compensation.

Khorshed Alam is a labour rights activist who has done numerous investigations for international NGOs on labour rights issues in Bangladesh. He is director of the Alternative Movement for Resources and Freedom Society.

The Bangladeshi workers movement is at the frontline of the struggle against sweatshop exploitation and climate change. This tour is taking the struggle right to the front door of the multi-nationals that profit from sweatshop labour at the Primark AGM and we are bringing the voice of the Bangladeshi workers’ movement to the Climate Change Demonstration in London. It is a chance for students and labour movement activists in the UK to develop some real grassroots links with the Bangladeshi labour movement. As the world lurches towards economic and environmental crisis, the need for international workers’ solidarity becomes ever more important. Join us for the tour and get involved!

Thursday 4th December - LEEDS
Public Meeting - Venue and time tba- check out website or
contact for details

Friday 5th December - LONDON
10.30am Demonstration outside Primark AGM Congress
Centre, Great Russell Street near Tot Court Rd tube

Saturday 6th December - LONDON
12 noon- Campaign Against Climate Change Demonstration
Assemble: Speakers Corner, Hyde Park

7:30pm- Benefit Gig @ Cross King’s, York Way near King’s
Cross. Comedy and music. £8 (£5 conc.)

10:30am - 5:30pm Queen Marys University (near Mile End tube) also featuring Mark Thomas. £6 (£4 conc.)

Mon Dec 8, 7pm, Sheffield University

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Leeds Venue Confirmed

7-9pm - West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Pics of No Sweat's Primark protest at the TUC, 5 December 2008

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more photos

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With thanks to Philip Wolmuth. Please contact Philip if you want to use these images.