textiles

Pakistan: The struggles of workers making footballs for the FIFA World Cup

The Russian Ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedo, confirmed that his country will be using footballs manufactured in the Pakistani city of Sialkot for the World Cup. More than 70% of the world's footballs are made in Sialkot. Despite the “hallmark of quality” and “exceptional product”, the reality of their production is the brutal exploitation of the local working class.

Smashing H&M in South Africa: not the first attack on the garment supply chain (and not the last either!)

A H&M that's seen better days, South Africa.

Hand-wringing over the trashing of a few H&M branches in South Africa ignores the often highly militant struggles of the workers in H&M's supply chain (and others like it), themselves often women of colour and one of the most combative sections of the international working class.

China on Strike: Narratives of Workers' Resistance

China on Strike cover

This book provides a revealing window into the lives and struggles of workers organizing in China’s factories. Drawing on dozens of interviews with Chinese workers, this book documents the processes of migration, changing employment relations, worker culture, and other issues related to China’s explosive growth.

Women in struggle: The Mansfield Hosiery strike

Mansfield hosiery strike

The strike at Mansfield Hosiery Mills in November-December 1972, involving male and female Asian workers, was a struggle which exposed not only the racialism of the National Union of Hosiery and Knitwear Workers and the management, but also showed the roles played by the Race Relations Board, the Loughborough Community Relations Council, and the Runnymede Trust, who 'are moving to find a new lease of life in the mediating machinery within industry and therefore present an image of management with a liberal face'.

Aire Valley Yarns Strike News - Issue 2

Newsletter of the Aire Valley Yarns Workers' Support Committee, published May 30th, 1983, Issue 2.

Aire Valley Yarns Strike News - Issue 1

Aire Valley Yarns Strikers

Newsletter of the Aire Valley Yarns Workers' Support Committee, published May 1983.

8,000 workers wildcat at Vietnam footwear factory

Textile factory in Vietnam

After 6,000 workers went on wildcat at a clothing factory in Thanh Hoa province for five days last month and won most of their demands, now 8,000 workers at Venus Vietnam Footwear Ltd. have gone on wildcat over bicycle parking restrictions.

In November we remember: the centennial of the 1912 Little Falls textile strike – Brendan Maslauskas Dunn

Little Falls textile strikers in front of the strike headquarters (Slovak Hall)

An overview of the Little Falls textile strike of 1912. First published as follows in November 2012 in the Industrial Worker (issue 1750, vol. 109, no. 9).

Vietnam: 6,000 workers involved in wildcat strike at clothing factory

Various striking workers gather around a central courtyard.

Inhumane conditions and low wages have led to approximately 6,000 workers going on strike at a garment factory in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam.

Sacked workers barricade bosses inside Myanmar factory

Over 200 workers in Myanmar have escalated their strike against the unfair dismissal of a union activist, setting up barricades around the factory with bosses trapped inside.