Reports

Reel News film night, Thursday 25 April, Stockwell, London - SPAIN SPECIAL

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Reel News are launching a new regular monthly film night on the last Thursday of every month in Stockwell, south London: meet up, watch films on current campaigns, discuss activities. This week kicks off with a special on Spain. More...

Aminul Islam, Bangladeshi labour rights activist, murdered

Bangladeshi labour rights activist Aminul Islam has been murdered. People & Planet are organising a letter protest to the Bangladeshi government...

Killer Jeans: Turkish garment worker speaks out against sweatshops, Thursday 29 September, London

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Public meeting, Thursday 29 September, Room 7.05, Connaught House, LSE, Aldwych, London, 7-8pm: hear Yesim Yasin - a doctor who has been working with the workers' affected by sandblasting, and Abdulhalim Demir - an ex-worker in a Turkish factory - speak about the problems they face, how they are fighting big brands, and how you can help.

Outsourcing companies involved in tax havens

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Ethical Consumer magazine has published a report on some of the big companies bidding for contracts to run public services. It finds that companies including Capita, KPMG and Serco have subsidiaries in places usually used to minimise tax bills. Extracts reproduced below... (The Crapita logo used to accompany this story was No Sweat's choice.)

iSweat was a fantastic success but here is why we organise benefits.

There are 3 million Burmese workers living in Thailand. The MAP Foundation exists to support and empower them in the face of degradation and abuse.

No Sweat at Tolpuddle 2011

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No Sweat attended the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival 2011...

China: Lost Fingers Come Cheap at Ford Sweatshop Supplier in China

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Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights (formerly National Labor Committee) is releasing a new in-depth report "Dirty Parts/Where Lost Fingers Come Cheap: Ford in China." which documents worker rights violations—including workers maimed when factory management turned off critical safety equipment—at the Yuwei Plastics and Hardware Products company in Dongguan, China.

More Sweatshop claims hit Adidas and Puma

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Adidas and Puma have come under fire for doing business with a sweatshop in El Salvador where people work in inhumane conditions to produce football shirts for Germany’s biggest sportswear firms. Same old brands, same old sorry story of exploitation and misery...

Yet another suicide and disruption at Foxconn factories in China.

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Not much changes in the world's most notorious electronics sweatshops...

Fire in Bangladesh Garment Factory

At least 21 workers have been killed in a fire at the Garib & Garib Sweater Factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh. A further 50 workers are suffering from burns or smoke inhalation. According to the company’s website, Garib & Garib Sweater Factory is manufacturing for H&M, Otto, 3Suisses International, Pimkie, TechTextile Russia, Provera and Mark’s Work Wearhouse, and has previously supplied Littlewoods, Lindex, JC Penney and Wal Mart.

New study exposes the human cost of China's economic miracle

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HONG KONG / MONTREAL – Sept. 24, 2008 – A large part of China's remarkable economic development has been achieved at the expense of the basic rights of millions of former state-owned enterprise workers, says a new report released today by the Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin and Canada's International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, commonly known as Rights & Democracy.

From China Labour Bulletin:

H&M briefing, Jan 2004

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H&M: economic miracle?

H&M isn't just a store chain. This is a real money machine. (Financial analyst, 2003)

H&M: sweatshop chain

2003:
In Bangkok, Thailand, workers as young as 16 years old sew H&M clothes until 11pm, nearly every night, for illegal wages.

2003:
In Indonesia 500 workers producing H&M walked off the job in protest of wage rates that are below the legal minimum. At the factory producing for H&M, some people work up to 60 hours per week - sometimes taking clothes home to finish sewing - for as little as $1 per day.

Zanon: under workers control (2005)

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Zanon briefing: in their own words

Nike briefing, 2003

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“Nike... your shoes are full of blood and tears”:

Nike and sweatshop exploitation - a guide for activists

Nike: built on workers’ misery

Nike has a nice image in the British high street. But the giant company looks a bit different to those who slave in factories making Nike clothes and trainers. The thing to remember about Nike – when you watch the skilfully made, trendy adverts, or see top Nike-sponsored athletes perform, or take part in Nike-backed charity-PR events – is that Nike is built on workers’ misery.

Levi Strauss, a guide for activists, July 04

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Levi Strauss: a company in crisis
Levi’s and sweatshop exploitation

- a draft guide for activists, July 04. No Sweat

In their own words

Founded in 1853 by Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss, Levi Strauss is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel marketers with sales in more than 100 countries. There is no other company with a comparable global presence in the jeans and casual pants markets. Our market-leading products are sold under the Levi’s, Dockers and Levi Strauss brands.

Disney Briefing. No Sweat. February 04

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Disney sub-contractors, Haiti (1996):
“… we met with a large group of N.S. Mart workers, all of whom sewed Disney garments. They told us that the majority of workers at N.S. Mart - almost everyone - earns just 28 cents an hour, which is $2.22 for a full eight-hour day. And, they reported, at times they are short-changed on their hours and pay.
“The workers also told us the plant is hot, dusty and poorly lit. Some complained about having trouble with their eyesight and respiratory problems.

Tesco, Briefing, January 2006

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Tesco – a briefing for activists

'Treat people how we like to be treated' – one of CEO Terry Leahy’s “Tesco values”

Tesco’s success
 Tesco PLC is the largest British retailer, both by global sales and by domestic market share – the fourth largest in the world. According to TNS Superpanel, Tesco's share of the UK grocery market in the 12 weeks to 4 December 2005 was 30.6%. Across all categories, over £1 in every £8 of UK retail sales is spent at Tesco.

Arcadia briefing notes, Nov 2005

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Arcadia and sweatshop exploitation - a guide for activists

The Arcadia Group – who are they:
‘With over 2000 outlets throughout the country, Arcadia Group is the UK’s largest clothing retailer, reaching customers through seven brands in the UK and a growing number of international stores. There is hardly a high street or shopping centre that isn’t host to one or more of Arcadia’s eight celebrated brands – Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, TOPSHOP, TOPMAN, and Wallis.’

Wal-mart Briefing, June 06

Facts about Wal-Mart

 Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer and largest private employer.
ï‚· Sam Walton founded the firm in 1962 as a single store in Arkansas, USA.
ï‚· It now has more than 5,700 stores worldwide.
ï‚· It employs 1,500,000 workers worldwide.
ï‚· Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the USA, Canada and Mexico and a major competitor in the UK, Germany, Brazil and South Korea.
ï‚· The FT Global 500 ranked Wal-Mart as the sixth largest multinational according to the total worth of its shares.

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