Category: Solidarity Actions

Global Month of Solidarity: From Buenos Aires to Dhaka

During the mobilization for a young man murdered by the Buenos Aires police, Facundo Astudillo Castro, workers organized with FORA (Argentine Regional Workers’ Federation) expressed their solidarity with the 6,000 textile workers at Dragon Sweater in Dhaka (Bangladesh). The rally took place in Lomas on September 3rd, 2020.

One day later the banner and many pamphlets were pasted nearby a Walmart store in Buenos Aires. FORA reports:

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Global Month of Solidarity: Picket at Lidl in Aranjuez

Workers organized with grassroot union CNT Aranjuez (Spain) picketed at a Lidl outlet as part of the Global Month of Solidarity with the Garment Workers at Dragon Sweater (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Pamphlets were distributed to passers-by, slogans were chanted and the call for the month of solidarity read out loud.

According to the Dragon Sweater business report 2019, Lidl placed major orders at their factory last year.

Global Month of Solidarity: Picket at NewYorker in Wuppertal

Members of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Bergisch Land picketed in front of the NewYorker store of Wuppertal (Germany) on August 29th as part of the Global Month of Solidarity.
They reached out to the public to inform about the ongoing struggle of textile workers at Dragon Sweater in Dhaka (Bangladesh).

Global Month of Solidarity: Pickets at Lidl stores in Ireland

August 15th, August 23rd, and now on August 29th workers organized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Ireland picketed in front of Lidl stores in different cities in support of fellow workers struggling for their full wages and compensations in Dhaka.

As part of a month of action called by the International Confederation of Labour (ICL – CIT) in solidarity with 6000 sacked garment workers, members of the IWW continue to hold information pickets at Lidl Stores in Ireland. The action is seen as an international effort to help raise awareness with the public, of the ongoing struggle by garment workers in Bangladesh, represented by members of the Garment Workers Trade Union Centre (GWTUC).

This weekend the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have once again held public information pickets outside Lidl stores in both Belfast and Derry. To date, information pickets have been placed outside Lidl stores both and south of the country to help highlight the ongoing struggle by GWTUC members to ensure they are not isolate or forgotten.

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Global Month of Solidarity: Rally in Hamburg at Mercado (NewYorker)

On July 3rd comrades of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Hamburg rallied in front of the New Yorker store in the city center for the first time. For the second rally on August 15th, a local alliance was formed consisting of FAU Hamburg, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Hamburg, the Libertarians H-Burg as well as some individual comrades. This one took place in front of a Lidl store in Harburg (Hamburg). And today a third picket took place. This time in front of the shopping center Mercado in Altona (Hamburg). Inside is another New Yorker store.

Music as well as audio messages were played. Hundreds of leaflets distributed. This time passers-by had the opportunity to deliver a message directly to the textiles workers still struggling for their full wages as well as compensation payments at Dragon Sweater. A small mobile screen was build, which displayed “From Hamburg to Dhaka: In Solidarity with the Workers at Dragon Sweater! #UnitedAgainstTheDragon” in Bangla. People were able to write down their personal message and pictures were taken with those messages in front of the mobile screen.
Also a pamphlet was once again handed over to the store management asking them to forward the information on the rally to their headquarters in Braunschweig.

All in all a successful action which generated more publicity on the struggle of the textile workers at Dragon Sweater to the disadvantage of NewYorker (and Lidl).

Global Month of Solidarity: Pickets at Lidl in Ireland and Scotland

Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Ireland rallied for the second time at Lidl stores in different cities, such as Belfast and Derry.

This time comrades in Glasgow (Scotland) joined the coordinated action with a picket outside the city’s Lidl Store based in Govanhill’s Victoria Road.

The IWW Ireland published this report:

Solidarity pickets continues this week as members of the Industrial Workers of the World Ireland Branch take part in a series of month long international solidarity protests in support of Garment Workers in Bangladesh.

In Belfast and Derry this weekend IWW members held pickets out an number of Lidl stores at the Hi Park Centre and on the Buncranna Road stores as part of ongoing efforts to highlight how 6000 illegally sacked Garment Workers continue to have their wages withheld.

A member of the IWW spoke during todays action on Belfasts High Street stating: “Our union has taken part in a series of international actions in an effort to draw attention to the fact that 6000 members of the Garment Workers Trade Union Centre (GWTUC) were illegally sacked in March and have still not been paid by Dragon Sweater Group.

“We have organised a series of high profile solidarity actions against major supermarket chains such as Lidl and Walmart/ASDA globally who have directly profited from the cheap labour of Garment Workers for years.

“These stores have been and continue to be supplied by garments made by Dragon Sweater Group. Back in March this company, cruelly and illegally terminated over 6000 garment workers positions and refused to pay wages owed to them.”

A representative of the GWTUC stated that “Wages and benefits have gone unpaid to workers, majority of whom have worked for at least five years, some of whom have been employed at the factory for the better part of two decades.

“Dragon Group targeted those workers who have accrued a lot of unpaid benefits and wages. It is a widespread practice in the Bangladesh Garment Industry to leave years upon years of workers’ wages and benefits unpaid, and eventually the owners terminate the workers, bring in a new batch and start the whole process again. So, it is safe to say, that a lot of these brands have benefited from unpaid labor over a number of years.”

Following today’s action a member of the IWW Derry Branch told us that: “By holding a month long series of rolling solidarity pickets, we are demanding that both Lidl and Walmart/ASDA urgently revoke their suppliers contracts from the Dragon Sweater Group to help ensure that ALL workers receive their full wages and payments owed to them, and that their all their suppliers fully adhere to labour rights.

“In doing so, we call upon both of these multinationals to equally ensure that their supply chain is transparent in order to stop the exploitation of workers which is the wish of all their customer’s, here in Ireland and throughout Europe.

“We will continue our solidarity with the GWTUC and others through the CIT-ICL, in an effort to highlight what the Dragon Sweater Group are doing. We demand the reinstatement of all 6000 garment workers and for wages owed to them to be paid in full. We would encourage other unions to come forward and add their voices to the international call.”

As part of today’s solidarity actions, members of Clydeside IWW Branch in Scotland, held a picket in Glasgow’s Southside in support of sacked Dragon Group workers in Dhaka. They held a picket outside the city’s Lidl Store based in Govanhill’s Victoria Road.

source: onebigunion.ie

Global Month of Solidarity: Picket at NewYorker in Bonn

As part of the Global Month of Solidarity the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Bonn arranged a picket in front of the NewYorker store in town. Leaflets were distributed and the public informed about the ongoing struggle of the garment workers at Dragon Sweater for their full wages as well as compensations to be paid.

Source: bonn.fau.org

Global Month of Solidarity: From Yangon to Dhaka

The Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar (FGWM) expresses its solidarity with the garment workers at Dragon Sweater as part of the Global Month of Solidarity.

FGWM unites unions of 20 factories. The main struggle they are facing is union busting by targeted reduction of union members and leaders using CoViD-19 as a pretext, similar to developments at Dragon Sweater in Dhaka. Unions at four factories are currently involved in direct fights with the owners. Two are in the garment sector and another two are involved in lens and electronic materials production.

On August 16th workers of various factories took pictures in front of the FGWM union house located in Yangon.