Your actions are powerful. We want a fashion industry that is fair and just for garment workers. We want to see workers’ demands met. And we will not stop until this happens. And you can help us get there.
Specialized, one of the best known bike makers, also makes clothes. And it owes money to 842 former employees of the APS sewing factory in El Salvador. We tried writing and calling but Specialized won’t respond. So we thought we might pedal over to tell them in person – Don’t specialize in wage theft!
What: Christmas-themed cycle ride to the Specialized shop in Bristol
When: 11:45 am, 16 December, Saturday
Where: Meet up point to cycle together, Mina Road Park (BS2 9XH)
We will meet at Mina Road Park (BS2 9XH) on our bikes and cycle the short journey to the Specialized shop (BS5 6XX).
We will then unfurl Santa’s naughty list with Specialized name on it. We’ll leave the store with a Christmas card and instructions on how they can get off the naughty list – by paying their workers!
Dress festive – Christmas jumpers, elf hats, reindeer horns welcome 🙂
Note: For those unable to cycle but wanting to participate, join us directly at the store for 12 o’clock.
Two inspiring organisers with years of experience fighting for better conditions in the Pakistan garment industry are visiting the UK. This event is a rare opportunity to build grassroots links with the Pakistani labour movement, where workers face the same problems of precarious contracts, stolen wages, and overwork, and where trade unionists are harassed, intimidated and violently suppressed. By learning from each other about how organising helps workplace struggles, we can strengthen our fight for decent work in different sectors and different regions.
Leicester garment workers are invited to a meeting on Tuesday 12 December, 18:00-20:00 with two organisers with years of experience fighting for better conditions in the Pakistan garment industry, where workers face the same problems of precarious contracts, stolen wages, and overwork. By learning from each other about how organising helps workplace struggles, we can strengthen our fight for decent work in Leicester.
The Labour Behind the Label team will give you an update of the actions we’ve taken so far to convince brands to act. We will also talk about our strategy in building support in Parliament and getting commitments from the government to do more for workers in Leicester.
Location: Shama Women's Centre, 39-45 Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester, LE2 0T
Join us for a film screening of the Open Secret documentary in Leicester. The 45-minute documentary looks at the historical struggles of the workers in Leicester’s fashion industry and follows the recent efforts of community groups, trade unions and brands in attempting to create concrete and sustainable changes for the workers involved.
Since March, workers who produce Primark’s clothes in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia have been protesting mass dismissal, unpaid wages and reduction in pay. Sign our petition today and join us in calling for Primark to to ensure that all workers in their supply chain are paid their wages. Workers should not have to pay the cost of the pandemic!
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