Protests at Lidl & Asda set to continue
Members of the IWW Ireland Branch are taking part in a series of month long international solidarity protests in support of Garment Workers in Bangladesh who have been illegally sacked and/or had their wages withheld.
Mass layoffs are taking place in Ireland as well as worldwide and as workers we must stand in solidarity with one another to let bosses know that an injury to one is an injury to all and that we will resist and fight back against job losses and unfair dismissals.
During these last months orders worth million of pounds have been refused, cancelled or paused and in-production orders not honoured by many renowned brands while making profit at the expense of garment workers.
6000 members of the Garment Workers Trade Union Centre (GWTUC) alone were illegally sacked in March and have not been paid by Dragon Sweater Group, a supplier of Lidl and Walmart/ASDA stores globally.
Lidl and Walmart/ASDA urgently need to ensure and enable that ALL workers receive their full wages and payments due, and that their suppliers adhere to labour rights. They also need to make their supply chain transparent to stop the exploitation of workers.
We have to take a united stand internationally and we call on other unions to take part. We will continue our solidarity actions with the GWTUC members, FAU and others through the CIT-ICL, to highlight the fight against the Dragon, to demand the reinstatement of all 6000 garment workers and for wages owed to them to be paid in full.