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Brickyard Workers Solidarity Over Atrocities

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

GMB Brickyard Workers In Peterborough Affirm Support For Brickyard Workers In India Subject To Bonded Labour

The horrendous conditions were highlighted recently when two workers in Odisha had their hands chopped off when they refused to work says GMB.

GMB and Unite brick kiln workers at Hanson Brick in Peterborough staged a demonstration yesterday 13th January to support with Indian brick workers fighting for better terms and conditions.

The demonstration was in support of the Blood Bricks campaign run by Union Solidarity International which is working to end slavery and bonded labour in Indian brick kilns.

The workers unfurled a banner which said; “GMB and Unite in solidarity with USI Blood Bricks campaign 2014.

Hanson Brick GMB and Unite workers send message of support and solidarity to all brick workers in India in their fight for better terms and conditions of employment and with Indian Human Rights group Prayas.

As well as supporting the action and peaceful protest of Solidarity Group for Bonded Labourers against the atrocities on 15th December 2013 carried out on Nilangar Dhangadamahi and Jialu Nial.

Brothers we stand in our brickyards together.”

Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB and Unite workers sent a message of support and solidarity to all brick kiln workers in India in their fight for better terms and conditions of employment in Andhra Pradesh.

As well as exposing the companies that use blood bricks in their supply chain, we are supporting unionising efforts in the brick kilns that have already seen substantial improvements to conditions.

The horrendous conditions were highlighted recently when two workers in Odisha had their hands chopped off when they refused to work.

Building international solidarity links like this is the way to fight back and build a world where workers everywhere are treated with fairness and dignity.”

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Contact: Rachelle Wilkins 07966 327970 or Bert Schouwenburg 07974 251 764 or GMB press office 07921 289880

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