Garment Workers Fight Back! China activists' tour UK - July 2016

30 June 2016 - 10:15am
Event

Join us on this UK wide exciting speaker tour with an all women line up from China

Meet activists from our partner groups who have been winning battles on the ground and supporting workers' resistance to exploitation

TOUR DATES

Tuesday 26 July – LONDON - 6:30pm -  Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG Invite your friends through Facebook

Wednesday 27 July – GLASGOW-  6pm-8pm  - Room 1, STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG Invite your friends through Facebook

Thursday 28 July - NEWCASTLE - 5:30-7:30pm - UNISON Northern, 140-150 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16TH RSVP essential by 22 July. Please email  mlowden@tuc.org.uk to book a place. Invite your friends via Facebook.

Friday 29 July – MANCHESTER - 6:30pm -  Upper Hall, Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS Invite your friends through Facebook   

 If you're unable to come to the evening public meeting in Manchester, there may be limited spaces at an afternoon 1-5pm trade union event led by the GMB Friday 29 July in the same building. Please email neil.smith@gmbnorthwest.co.uk to reserve a place.

Help us promote this tour by ordering some flyers at takeaction@waronwant.org or downloading a version from the bottom of this page.

***All events are free to attend***

SPEAKERS

Sophie Chen, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM). SACOM began as a students’ movement which has developed into a campaign group monitoring international corporates’ practice in mainland China.  SACOM conducts undercover factory investigations and advocacy of labour rights in the garment, electronics, and toy industries, campaigning against global brands including Disney, Apple and UNIQLO.

Patricia Tse, Worker Empowerment (WE) creates labour education materials, conducts research and supports campaigns in Shenzhen and Huizhou. WE has gained rich experience on labour education over the past six years - essential to strengthening the labour movement.

Kiki Yeung, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU). HKCTU is a trade union confederation representing 190,000 members and plays a key role in supporting workers rights in mainland China, where independent trade unions are banned.

Monina Wong is from the The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) based in Brussels and has worked as part of the labour movement in Hong Kong for over 15 years. 

ABOUT THE TOUR

China’s labour movement is exposing fashion’s hypocrisy and building workers' power on the ground

10 million garment workers in China work for up to 20 hours a day, for poverty pay, in deplorable factory conditions.

China does not allow independent trade unions or conform to international regulations that protect worker rights. Increasing strikes and protests by workers struggling for their rights are crushed by the government. But against all odds, workers are fighting back.

With the support of a vibrant labour rights movement based in Hong Kong, groups like Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and Worker Empowerment, have made extraordinary leaps forward in exposing the impunity enjoyed by fashion brands and have built a movement of workers aware of their rights on the factory floors of China.

SACOM conducted undercover investigations of fashion giant, UNIQLO to expose the grim working conditions facing workers, and demonstrate that what the brand had said was false. Within months, they had pushed the brand to take corrective action in investigated factories which benefited thousands of workers.

This all-woman panel calling for supply chain transparency and urging for international solidarity in joining the push for brands to make their factory suppliers public. With brands like UNIQLO hiding their supply chain, it is nearly impossible for local groups in garment producing countries to expose working conditions.

This tour has been made possible with the generous support of TRAID and the Burdon & Blockley Memorial Fund

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