textiles

Sleepless nights for bosses in the Bangladeshi garment sector

Garment workers' protest at Ashulia, Bangladesh - 2010

A survey of recent unrest in the garment industry, as agitation for a greatly increased minimum wage - as part of an improved wage structure - continues.

Bangladeshi strike wave rolls on; rocks, papers and cloth

Labour unrest continues[1] in diverse areas, including rock mining and the garment industry.

Death traps - work, home, fire and the poor in Bangladesh

slum fire in Bangladesh

An examination of the ever-present threat of fire in the lives of the working class after yet another garment factory fire kills 21 workers - while slum fires also have a devastating affect...

“Needles and Threats”, Local Textile Industry, Part One

A text on the textile export industries around the New Delhi area in India, including workers' reports and how one company got rid of permanent workers by repression and taking advantage of the workers' trust in their union representatives.

Liberty Shoes, Strike and Cycle Rikshas

An account and chronology of a strike at the Liberty Shoes factory in Gurgaon, India in 2006.

Gurgaon Garment Export Workers’ Reports and Escapist Hopes of the Export Regime

Reports from Indian textile workers about their conditions, from autumn 2009.

Video: Machinists against the machine - Bangladeshi garment workers' struggles

A 15 minute video; a workforce, 85% female, paid some of the lowest wages in the world; expressing some of the highest levels of class struggle in the world at present. Trade unions have very little influence or restraint on these struggles - they are self-organised by workers on the job. When strikes turn riotous, they often spread into the wider working class community.

Filipina workers in Romania, 2008

An account of some struggles of migrant workers from the Philippines in Romania in 2008.

Factory or Prison - Bangladeshi workers in Romania

Prol-Position on some struggles of Bangladeshi and Indian migrant workers in Romania in 2007-8.

From Cellatex to Moulinex: Burst Up of an Open Social Violence - Henri Simon

Henri Simon's account and analysis of the strikes at the Cellatex and Moulinex factories.