GMB and Unite brick kiln workers at Hanson Brick in Peterborough, England, demonstrated yesterday in solidarity with Indian comrades fighting for better terms and conditions.

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The Blood Bricks campaign is working to end slavery and bonded labour in Indian brick kilns. 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.

The banner says: 

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“GMB and Unite in solidarity with USi Blood Bricks campaign 2014

Hanson Brick GMB and Unite workers send 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, 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 brick yards 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.”

Last year, when Hanson Brick workers were on strike themselves, they were sent a solidarity message from the brick kiln workers of India.

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.

See the GMB press release here.

 


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