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New Internationalist Issue281

Issue 281

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Action

Action
Central American Human Rights Committee (CAHRC)
Is an independent organization which promotes respect for the full range of human rights in Central America. CAHRC undertakes urgent actions in response to human-rights violations in the region, develops public awareness initiatives in the UK, and lobbies to influence policies in the European Union and in the broader international community. CAHRC is especially active on the behalf of labour unionists in Central America. CAHRC's Rapid Response Network (RRN) informs its membership of human-rights violations throughout Central America, and provides members with information about how they can help by writing a letter or sending a fax. To join RRN, write to CAHRC, 83 Margaret Street, London WIN 7HB, or Tel: (44) 0171 631 4200, or Fax: (44) 0171 436 1129, or E-mail: cahrc@gn.apc.org

Clean Clothes Campaign
Aims to supports the struggle of women workers in garment-producing units (factories, sweatshops, home-based industry) for improved working conditions in the South and North by making the European public more aware of their situation. For more information, visit the Clean Clothes Campaign Tel: (31) 20 412 2785 Email: info@cleanclothes.org Web: http://www.cleanclothes.org

Oxfam's Clothes Code Campaign
Is challenging the top five UK high street clothes retailers to adopt a code of conduct which guarantees humane working conditions for the people who make our clothes. The campaigns is primarily focusing on how garments are manufactured in Bangladesh for sale in the UK. Consumers can help Oxfam convince Marks and Spencer, Next, Selfridges, Top Shop, and C&A to ensure that their clothes are made in humane working conditions by giving coupons asking for the fair treatment of garment workers to these stores' sales assistants when you shop. To obtain coupons, or for more information about the Clothes Code Campaign, call the clothes line at: 44 01865 31, or visit the Clothes Code Campaign on our Web: http://www.oxfam.org.uk

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and the National Labour Committee (NLC)
Were instrumental in pressuring the GAP to take responsibility for improving appalling working conditions, and for upholding human rights in the Korean-owned Mandarin maquilla factory that manufactures much of the GAP's clothing in El Salvador. Thanks to the co-ordinated efforts of CISPES, NLC and many others, the GAP has agreed to the immediate, independent monitoring of working conditions in the Mandarin factory, and has forced Mandarin's management to meet with the 771 workers it fired in early 1995 for trying to organize a union. For more information contact CISPES, PO Box 1801, New York, NY 10059, Tel: (1) 212 220-1290, Email: cispesnatl@igc.apc.org Web: http://www.cispes.org

International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR)
Is the representative at world level of free labour organizations on all five continents. Established in 1949, it now has 174 affiliates, for the most part national trade union federations, with a total membership of 120 million. ICTUR has supported projects for trade-union women, with the help of development aid, in nearly 60 countries. Most centre on union education and organization, but women are also demanding socio-economic projects. All sponsored products are set up in response to demands from women workers, and are planned, run, supervised and monitored by them. ICFTUR is currently asking for donations to help Guatemala union leader Reynold Gonzalez and his sister, who was abducted, raped, and tortured because of her brother's activities. To contact ICFTU write to Bld Emile Jacqmain, 155, B-1210 Brussels, or Tel: (32 2) 224 02 11, or fax: (32 2) 201-58 15.

Labour Behind the Label
Is a network of UK groups and organizations concerned about the pay, employment rights and health-and-safety conditions of workers in the international garment industry. Labour Behind the Label aims to draw attention to the plight of garment workers around the world, to campaign for the improvement of working conditions; to encourage retailers to extend their responsibility for workers in all stages of production, and to promote fair trade. Members of the network include: Catholic Institute for International Relations, CAFOD, Ethical Consumer, European Contact Group, Hundredth Monkey Ltd, National Group on Homeworking, Norfolk Education and Action for Development, Oxfam, Textile Environmental Network, Traidcraft Exchange, Women's Environmental Network, Women Working Worldwide, World Development Movement. For more information, contact Women Working Worldwide at MMU Manton Building, Rosamond Street West, Manchester M15 6LL, UK, or Tel: (44) 0161 247 1760, Fax: (44) 0161 247 6333, E-mail: info@women-ww.org, Web: http://www.poptel.org.uk/women-ww

Maquilla Solidarity Network
Is a new initiative to promote solidarity between Canadian labour and social-movement groups and Mexican and Central American counterparts organizing to raise standards and improve conditions in maquilladora zones. The network supports innovative organizing strategies that connect community and workplace issues, and address health and environmental problems and the specific problems of women who form the bulk of the maquilladora work force. To join the network, write to 606 Shaw St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 3L6, or Tel: (1) 416 532-8584, Fax: (1) 416 532-7688, E-mail: info@maquilasolidarity.org Web: http://www.maquilasolidarity.org

Mujer a Mujer/Woman to Woman
Is a continental women's network focusing on the impact of free trade and restructuring on women, that is helping to build connections between garment-worker organizations in Canada, Mexico, the US and Central America. For more information on the organisation, write to 606 Shaw St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 3L6 or Tel: (1) 416 532-8584, or fax: (1) 416 532-7688, or E-mail: perg@web.apc.org Web: http://www.maquilasolidarity.org

US/Guatemala Labor Education Project
Involves US unions in corporate and government lobbying in the defence of Guatemalan maquilla workers' rights, US/GLEP was instrumental in supporting Philips-Van Heusen (a men's shirt retailer) workers' efforts to form a union. US/GLEP is currently asking for international support for Flor De Maria Salguero De Laparra, who was forcibly taken off a bus, drugged, beaten, and raped three times on May 17th, 1995, because she was a union organizer in Guatemala's maquilla sector. Please write to President Ramiro de Leon Carpio, National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Fax: (502)-2-515-667, and to Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, US Embassy, Avenida La Reforma, 8 Calle Zone 10, Fax: (502)-2-310-564, asking that Ms Salguero receive protection, and for an investigation into her abduction and rape. For more information, write to US/Guatemala Labor Education Project, c/o Interhemispheric Resource Center, PO Box 268-290 Chicago, IL 60626 Tel: (773) 262-6502 Fax: (773) 262-6602, E-mail: usglep@igc.apc.org Web: http://www.zianet.com/irc1/cbl/fairtrade/na/usglep.html

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Campaigns to raise political and material support in the UK for the FSLN and popular organisations through lobbying, particularly in the labour movement; organizing delegations and environmental work brigades to Nicaragua; co-ordinating speaker tours by Nicaraguans; providing information and selling publications; fund-raising and merchandizing, and working with a network of local solidarity and twinning groups. For further information, write to the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, 129 Seven Sisters Rd, London N7 7QG, or Tel: (44) 0171 272 9619, fax: (44) 0171 272 5476, E-mail: nsc@nicaraguasc.org.uk Web: http://www.nicaraguasc.org.uk

Australia

Latin American Information Centre, P.O. Box 4248, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3052, Tel: (3) 9470 5330. Web: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/latinamerican/laics/laic.html#top
Latin American Cultural Centre, 1 Bedford St, Newtown, NSW 2042, Tel: (2) 519 4874, Mondays and Wednesdays only, after 6.00pm.
Central American Welfare Information Centre, PO Box 357 Flemington, VIC 3031, Tel/fax: (3) 9376 9404.

Aotearoa/New Zealand

Trade Aid, PO Box 35 049, Christchurch, Tel: (3) 385 3535, Fax: (3) 385 3636, E-mail: tradeaid@chch.planet.co.nz Web: http://www.tradeaid.co.nz is currently engaged in a major campaign on conditions of bonded labour and child servitude.

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