Solidarity Along the Supply Chain

Group picture: Regional Meeting for South Asian perspectives on organizing in the garment sector
Garment workers from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh together with Heiner Köhnen from TIE. Regional Meeting in Sri Lanka, August 2015

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.

Our Partner

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.

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