48HRS OF ACTION against samsung
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH SAMSUNG FACTORY WORKERS
People & Planet groups across the UK and Ireland are taking part in 48hrs of action on the 25-26 October supporting factory workers fighting union-busting at Samsung. We will be demonstrating outside Samsung stores in cities around the UK and Ireland in solidarity with electronics factory workers who are demanding the right to freedom of association. Workers are being denied the vital opportunity to join a union by Samsung’s ‘no-union policy’, meaning that workers facing dangerously unsafe working conditions or unfair pay have no secure way of demanding fairer treatment.
JOIN A STORE ACTION
If you want our support setting up a store action in your city, enter your details in the purple box and we'll get back to you with some information on how to get started, and we can give you up to £50 to spend on props for the action! This is our opportunity to amplify the voices of Samsung electronics factory workers fighting against the threat of their contracts being canceled if they are seen to be forming or joining a union. The freedom to unionise is vital for Samsung workers speaking out against dangerously unsafe working conditions. Without this freedom, workers are in an incredibly precarious position, where their contracts could be canceled at a moments notice.
HOST BANNER/PLACARD MAKING EVENTS
A great way to make people feel involved in the run up to an action is to host an event where everyone gets together and paints banners, placards, and any other materials you want to use on the day. Remember we have up to £50 to give to each store action, so you can be quite creative!
REACH OUT TO ALLY GROUPS
Worker rights are an issue supported by a broad coalition of people. Don't be afraid to reach out to societies on your campus that might be able to support the action. Get in touch with groups you know are passionate about worker rights and ask if they will support your store action online, or even invite their own members to attend on the day! If you're stuck for ideas on who to contact, here is a list of some societies you might want to start reaching out to:
Political party student groups, feminist societies, migrant rights groups, Amnesty International, socialist societies, living wage foundation, political party student groups, feminist societies, fairtrade groups, human rights groups, Oxfam, your university's UCU branch.
If you can't make it to a store action, you can still help by putting pressure on Samsung online. Use the hashtags #SweatshopFree #MakeICTFair and tweet your support for the 48hrs of Action Against Samsung. Feel free to copy and paste this message if you can't think of your own!
Support electronics factory workers fighting union-busting at Samsung. Join the 48hrs of Action Against Samsung! #SweatshopFree #MakeICTFair
SIGN THE PETITION FOR YOUR UNIVERSITY TO AFFILIATE TO ELECTRONICS WATCH
Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation working for better pay conditions in the electronics industry, through worker led monitoring and the power of public purchasing. You can find the petition for your university to affiliate to Electronics Watch here.
From denying justice to the families of former employees who died from cancers caused by unsafe workplaces, to dodging tax and engaging in price-fixing cartels, one thing is constant: Samsung’s corporate culture is ruthlessly geared towards maximising profit to the detriment of the everyday lives of its workers.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary