Thursday, 28 June 2007

No Sweat Scotland site

No Sweat Scotland is an activist, campaigning organisation, fighting sweatshop bosses, in solidarity with workers, worldwide.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Great Links

Anti-slavery international :

Barbed Wire Britain Network:

Close down campsfield:

Coalition to stop deporation to Iraq:

ESOL campaign

International Union of Sex workers :

Iraq Union Solidarity Scotland

Labour start:

Migrant Rights network:

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns

No One is illegaL:

Rail Cleaners Charter

Thai Labour campaign

US Immigrant Solidarity network

Friday, 22 June 2007

Model Union Motion

Union Branch resolution: Sweatshop Labour

1. Child and sweatshop labour is a scandal.

2. Some of the high street's most famous names, including Nike, Gap, Adidas and Reebok, have been exposed by the newspapers, and TV programmes such as Panorama and John Pilger's The New Rulers, as sweatshop employers.

3. Children as young as 11 have been found working in scandalous conditions in factories commissioned by these companies to produce their goods.

4. A single top or pair of trainers can cost more to buy in the UK than the worker who produced them receives in a month. The average wage for a Nike worker in Vietnam is just $47 a month.

5. According to the US National Labor Committee, Phil Knight, co-founder of the Nike corporation, is worth $12.3 billion.

6. Forced overtime, sexual abuse, poor health and safety conditions and violence and harassment, especially against trade unionists, have been uncovered by reporters and trade union and Government investigators.

7. No Sweat Scotland campaigns in Scotland and the UK, with other campaigning groups and unions, to end child and sweatshop labour and for workers' rights at home and abroad.

8. Workers in sweatshops must be free to organise their own, independent trade unions. Codes of conduct mean nothing unless the workers themselves can enforce standards such as a limit to the working week, no forced overtime, decent health and safety.

This Union Resolves To:

1. Invite a No Sweat Scotland speaker to our next meeting.

2. Affiliate to No Sweat Scotland

3. Publicise the work of No Sweat Scotland

No Sweat past activities

Between 2002 and 2005, NSS organised many protests over Sweatshop labour. There were protests at McDonalds,Gap, Disney on International Women’s day, and Pickets of the Chinese consulate over the jailing of Chinese labour leaders in Liaoyong, representation of Chinese workers at Workers Memorial days, and over 100 people at a public meeting to hear Mexican workers speak about their victory over Nike

NSS also had a speaker from Haiti. All these women trade union activists spoke to large numbers of students at Edinburgh University and helped The People and Planet Society there move from ethical consumerism to having more of a focus on workers rights.

In 2004 NSS was also instrumental in pulling together a coalition to get Multinationals out of the schools. Adidas had been given access to 20 Edinburgh primary Schools to organise “sports training days”. The coalition included the Scottish Parents Teachers Council, SSP, Greens, Edinburgh Trades Council and No Sweat Scotland.We had successful public meetings and organised a successful deputation to Edinburgh Council who agreed to review their guidelines on access to schools.

Where we Stand

No Sweat Scotland : Who we are

No Sweat Scotland is an activist, campaigning organisation, fighting sweatshop bosses, in solidarity with workers, worldwide.

Sweatshop labour is modern, global capitalism stripped bare. From the small, backstreet sweatshop to some of the biggest corporations in the world - child labour, forced overtime, poverty wages, unsafe conditions, harassment of women workers and intimidation of trade unionists are commonplace.

No Sweat Scotland stands for workers' solidarity.

We are for:

A living wage
Safe working conditions
Independent trade unions

All workers, in every country, deserve and need these rights. In order to enforce these rights, they need to be free to organise - the stronger the union, the safer the workplace!

We aim to:

Make solidarity with sweatshop workers and their organisations
Help unionise sweatshops in Scotland
Publicise, expose and help stamp out sweatshop employment.

No Sweat is an open, broad-based campaign. We look to the anti-capitalist protest movements and to the international workers' movement. We seek to build common, united, campaiging action against exploitation and the sweatshop bosses.

Come and join us, help us, get active!