Turkish textile workers' national strike ends in victory

Today, the Turkish textile-garment union TEKSiF reached agreement on a new contract with the main Turkish textile-garment employers' association, ending a national strike that began August 15. The new agreement sets wages and conditions for thirty factories and 20,000 workers, including 12,000 TEKSiF members and several thousand members of two other unions.

The union enjoyed 100% participation and support by the 12,000 TEKSiF members, effectively closing all thirty affected plants. The union has released a press statement and an announcement of the terms of the agreement, both in Turkish.

Workers' victory has global significance, as Turkey is one of the top sourcing companies for multinational apparel corporations. Turkey is the third largest sourcing country for Adidas, the focus of a global campaign by workers in its contract factories to demand living wages, workplace safety and stable jobs.

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London activists raise over £2,000 for Adidas workers' union campaign

The leadership of the International Union League for Brand Responsibility extends our great appreciation to the 400 activists, DJs, dancers and other friends in London who raised £2,000 (a little over €2,000, nearly $3,000). We just received this donation, following their June 28 "All Out" fundraiser party at the New Empowering Church of London.

Special thanks to DJs Rumah, uttng, Danny McNally and Daniel James, hip-hop/funk trio Suffice Plustwo, and the Imperial Steps Dance Crew.

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Cross-Strait Solidarity: Hong Kong & Taiwan labor activists take simultaneous action with Adidas workers in Guangzhou

Yesterday at 11:00 AM in Guangzhou, China, five factory workers marched in to the local Adidas office. The workers of Taiwanese-owned Dynamic Casting demanded that Adidas put a stop to the severe workplace injuries at their plant and pay fair compensation to those already suffering. The workers manufacture golf clubs for Adidas' TaylorMade golf brand.

The worker activists weren't alone. At the same time in Hong Kong and Taiwan, labor unions and other supporters held their own protests. The activists hold Adidas responsible for a disturbing pattern of benzene poisoning, lung disease, deafness and Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) at Dynamic Casting as well as Xingang Shoe Company in Dongguan. The demonstrations followed Friday's action by Adidas workers in Indonesia, which highlighted these two cases as well as their own case: the firing of 1,600 at Adidas soccer boot supplier PT Panarub Dwikarya for striking over the failure to pay the new minimum wage.

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PT Panarub Dwikarya workers protest for their rights and for all Adidas workers

We are Indonesian Adidas workers: We support the struggle of Adidas workers in China, Taiwan, South America and in every country to fight against: Union busting, bad working conditions, unilateral layoffs, and violations of workers' rights at suppliers and subcontractors of Adidas.

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Three Adidas contractors forced to rehire workers fired for organizing

When workers join together to demand fair working conditions, Adidas contract factories seem to have a standard response: Fire the workers, blacklist them so they can't find jobs elsewhere, and threaten the rest of the workers that the same will happen to whoever else dares to organize. Despite clearly violating Adidas' Workplace Standards and local labor laws, this has happened over and over and over again.

But in past weeks, workers at three different Adidas contractors have won decisive victories over this cynical roadblock to workers' rights. At Textiles Opico in El Salvador, Joe Anne Dominicana in the Dominican Republic, and Troon Manufacturing in Nicaragua, workers won their jobs back after being fired for organizing.

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Latin America: Adidas workers and union leaders from across region join for conference

Para lograr justicia social, todos a luchar con la Liga Sindical!

(To win social justice, everyone struggle together with the Union League!)

That was the chant last weekend in San Salvador, where workers from Adidas contractors across Latin America convened with other union leaders from around the region for the Americas Regional Conference of the International Union League for Brand Responsibility.

During the conference, the League voted on new members. The Industrial Workers' Federation of Argentina (FeTIA-CTA) reports on its blog:

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“Justice Means a Living Wage!” declare Cambodian garment workers on May 1

The following statement was released by the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) on May 1, 2013. In response to a disappointingly small increase to the unlivable minimum wage, workers call directly on the multinational brands buying from Cambodian factories to guarantee living wages.

 » Download PDF in English or Khmer.

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Over 1,100 killed in latest Bangladesh factory catastrophe

» Update: The death toll at Rana Plaza exceeds 1,100. Many European retailers have joined the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, while US retailers like Gap and Walmart continue to refuse. See news at NY Times and LA Times, and take action here.  (May 17)

» Update 4/24: The Clean Clothes Campaign reports that Ran Plaza produced for multinational brands including Walmart, Primark, Mango, KIK and C&A. (April 24)

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Indonesian Garment Workers Sign Settlement Agreement with Adidas

San Francisco, CA- The 2,700 former workers of the PT Kizone International factory and their union have signed an agreement with the Adidas Group. Two years after PT Kizone, the Indonesian factory where they worked, closed without paying legally mandated severance, the former workers will receive a substantial sum from Adidas. The agreement is expected to settle an ongoing lawsuit with the University of Wisconsin and a student campaign in the US.

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Newsletter, April 2013

Dear supporter,

As chair of the coordinating committee of the International Union League for Brand Responsibility, I am thrilled to take this moment to share some important updates with our friends and allies. In the past three months, your moral and economic support has strengthened garment workers across the globe as we launch an effort without precedent and that we believe is our best hope for ending sweatshop exploitation.

We hope to provide an update to you quarterly, along with occasional urgent news and requests for action. Please do not hesitate to contact our coordinating committee at organize@adidasworkers.org.

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