textiles

Death-trapped in a burning cage - the Ashulia inferno

Comments on the horrific fire of Saturday 24th November 2012 that swept through a Bangladeshi garment factory.

Union busting is the fashion at Hugo Boss

At ‘Texim’, a Turkish textile factory that produces clothing for Hugo Boss and Pierre Cardin, thirty eight workers have been sacked for legitimate trade union organising

Bangladeshi workers fight back against corrupt bosses

15,000 Bangladeshi garment workers blockade a key highway in protest at unpaid wages. Meanwhile, bosses at the company – who supply Primark and New Look – are arrested on embezzlement charges in the country’s largest ever corruption case

Indonesian syndicalists fight for justice at PT Garmindo Jaya KNH

Indonesian anarchosyndicalist comrades of the Workers Power Syndicate and other fellow workers face retribution including sackings for attempting to organise in response to various labour law violations and other summary behaviour at PT Garmindo Jaya KNH, a garment company in Bogor, West Java.

Wildcat strike in Antep, Turkey: “We want to live like human beings”

The textile workers in the organised industrial zone of Antep, a city on the border of the Kurdish area of Turkey, recently went on a strike against their working conditions, low wages and cuts in their bonuses. The strike, which started with the participation of 3 to 5 thousand workers according to different sources, quickly spread to a total of seven factories in the industrial zone, including a total of 7 thousand workers.

The long haul: The Bombay textile workers strike of 1982-83 - Rajni Bakshi

some machinery like that used at the time of the strike

An extremely valuable book about the Bombay textile workers' strike of 1982-3, which deserves to be more widely read. The strike of 230,000 workers was big and extremely determined, but nevertheless doomed, which parallels to the UK miners' strike of 1984-5. Its defeat led directly to the massive restructuring of the Indian textile industry in the following years.

Return to work at Ashulia

Garment workers resume work with issues unresolved...

Resistance is high; garment workers force shutdown in 350 factories

Ashulia barricade - June 2012

The resurgence of unrest in the Bangladeshi garment sector continues with over 500,000 workers now locked out in Ashulia...

Return of the repressed; new days of rage for garment workers - and the disappeared...

Ashulia factory fired - May 2012

After a long period of relative quiet, workers are again taking mass action in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Also; some comments on the recent wave of political 'disappearances'.

India: workplace resistance increases

The labour movement in India is still under the control of bureaucratic leaders and political groups. However, as shown by a strike last year, among the workers of the country is gradually spreading the idea of self-organization and sovereign general assembly.