Another CAFTA Disaster

November, 27 2007 Share


Nike, NFL and Anvil Workers in Honduras
Fired for Organizing a Legal Union
At the U.S.-owned Star, S.A.,
El Porvenir Free Trade Zone

More than 70 workers fired to date.


Workers smuggled these clothing labels out of the Star factory

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Click Here for More Information on the Star, S.A. Sweatshop in Honduras (Updated: 12/21/2007)

On Wednesday, November 7, workers at Star informed the Honduran Ministry of Labor of their intention to form a legal union.  On Saturday, November, the firings began.  To date, Star management has fired over 70 union leaders, founding members and supporters.

On Monday, November 12, 500 workers blocked the entrance to the El Porvenir Free Trade Zone.  Star management called in the National Police and military, who fired teargas and assaulted the workers. On Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25, hundreds of workers blocked the entrance to the El Porvenir Zone.  In solidarity with fired unionists, workers on the weekend shift refused to cross the picketline.  On Monday morning, November 26, military occupied the entrance gate.  Tension is running high--the unionists are facing increasing intimidation, including surveilance and being followed by undercover police who are armed but dressed in civilian clothing.

The workers are urgently requesting our help. They feel that pressure in the United States may be their only hope. PLEASE WRITE NIKE, ANVIL & NFL, URGING THEM TO INTERVENE TO ASSURE THAT THESE WORKERS' FUNDAMENTAL LEGAL RIGHTS ARE RESPECTED.


Mark G. Parker
President, CEO & Director
NIKE, Inc.
1 Bowerman Dr. 
Beaverton, OR 97005-6453

TELEPHONE: 800-344-6543 
FAX: 503-671-6300


Roger Goodell, Commissioner
National Football League
280 Park Ave., 15th Fl. 
New York, NY 10017

TELEPHONE: 212-450-2000 
FAX: 212-681-7599


Bernard Geller, Chair & CEO
Anvil Holdings, Inc.
228 E. 45th St. 
New York, NY 10017

TELEPHONE: 800-223-0332 
FAX: 212-476-0323 

Dear **:

Please intervene immediately to end the crisis at your contractor's plant, Star, S.A. in the El Porvenir Free Trade Zone in Honduras.  More than 70 workers have been illegally fired for exercising their legal right to organize a union to improve conditions and help end violations at the plant.  Protests, which have including hundreds of workers, have been violently broken up by police and the military.  Please move to assure that the legal rights of workers sewing your garments are respected.





"End the disrespect for our labor rights.  Compañeros join our struggle.  Let's defend our rights as the workers we are. We have been fired for having organized ourselves.  No More Violations.  Everyone unite."SITRASTAR Union

Broad worker support for Star union and the fired leaders and founding members.


Military at the gate of El Porvenir Free Trade Zone


Star unionists threatened--they are being watched and followed by heavily armed men dressed in civilian clothing.


Military intervene in worker protest at Porvenir Free Zone gate.