Sweatshop Free Campuses and Councils

11 June 2020


Venue: museum of neoliberalism [online location]

Organiser: Ella People & Planet

Computers made in sweatshops end up in our stores, schools, councils, universities, communities, workplaces and homes. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery.

Sweatshop Free is part of a movement of people across the world, who are coming together to win workers’ rights for sweatshop labourers. Our campaign brings together students, local residents and workers in a coalition capable of challenging the root causes of unacceptable working conditions.

1 in every 5 computers in Europe is bought by the public sector (which includes universities and councils). The public sector spends £84 billion on ICT each year, which gives us both the power and responsibility to use procurement contracts to raise standards across all supply chain locations in the Global South.

Join us for this 1-hour workshop exploring what is a sweatshop? How do items made in sweatshops end up in our universities and councils? And what can we do about it?