Solidarity Along the Supply Chain
Workers Global North share many of their problems with their colleagues in the Global South. There is, however, hardly any exchange between the workers, who are divided through their different languages and geographical distance, but united in their struggle. Together with our partner Transnationals Information Exchange (TIE), we facilitated exchange with textile workers from South Asia and retail workers in Germany.
Until 2015, TIE and RLS conducted several exchange meetings between workers from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Germany to foster transnational solidarity along the supply chain. These contacts raised mutual awareness and enabled the different sides to exchange experiences, skills and political strategies. Many of the participants became active trainers themselves in their communities later on. This advanced training supported the workers’ role in the fast changing, global scene of industrial work and strengthened their bargaining power.
Transnationals Information Exchange is a global grassroots network of workers active in workplaces and communities. TIE aims to encourage and facilitate international consciousness and cooperation among workers and their organisations in various parts of the world. It was founded in 1978 by union activists from several countries and is today active in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.