Human Rights Movement: No Sweat.
No sweat also known as Anti-sweat movement is a mass movement that fight for the rights of workers in sweatshops. The movement has grown to be a not for profit organisation. its other aim is to push suppliers especially of garments to produce quality goods. In line with this aim, the movement also encourages consumers to buy their clothing from the approved suppliers. The word sweatshop is used to refer to a workplace with poor working conditions. The movement is concerned with the problems that workers in these workplaces go through including low wages, working long hours and inadequate occupational health and safety measures. The organisation also points out on factories or companies that are exploiting workers and report them to the authorities. The movement is also sensitive to the employer as it does not support boycotts. The movement runs on the volunteer basis and any willing person can join the course. The movement has its headquarters in the London.
The Strategies and events of the Movement
The organisation has laid down strategies to help in achieving its goal. One is to perform direct campaign to pressure companies and factories to end the exploitation of workers. It has also taken up the responsibility of supporting vulnerable workers to know and be able to stand up for their rights. The Organisation holds various events with an aim of publicising the problems that voiceless workers undergo. In London for example, the movement runs a comedy night every second Thursday of the month in the basement rooms of London’s Cross Kings. They also show up in festivals presenting items that highlight on the plight of the workers.
Partnerships in the movement
The organisation has partnered with various organisations and trade unions that have similar goals. Among them are campaign groups such as Labour behind the Label and the ‘No Sweat Apparel’ in the US. The partnership has enabled the spread of the campaign all over the world. Apart from the Trade unions and other campaign partnerships, the movement has also embarked on vigorous recruitment of University and college students into the movement. This has borne fruits in meeting the goals of the movement as the universities are producing graduates who are already sensitive about the rights of workers. This is on top of being very effective teachers to consumers and workers on their rights. The movement is not political in any way.