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).
Until last year the New Yorker Group Services International GmbH & Co.KG (New Yorker) received vast amounts of clothings from the Dragon Sweater factory – produced by the workers who were fired just a few months later. They did not get their full wages nor compensations paid and keep fighting to get what is owed to them.
As part of the Global Month of Solidarity with Garment Workers at Dragon Sweater in Dhaka (Bangladesh) a day of action was initiated to put the focus especially on New Yorker.
New Yorker stores can be found in different parts of the world, most of which are in and around Europe. Their headquarter is located in Braunschweig (Germany). You can check here, if there is a store in your region. Consider to organize an action and let us know [firstname.lastname@example.org], if you do.
Together we can put pressure on New Yorker to publicly blacklist the Dragon Group!