Sri Lankan workers take on global giant Ansell

Over 800 workers employed by the Australian company Ansell at the Biyagama Export Promotion Zone in Sri Lanka have been on strike for over a month. The workers are fighting the company’s refusal to recognise their union, the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) and continued harassment and intimidation of union members. A petition has been set up to support the workers, while the workers themselves have written to the Australian High Commissioner in Colombo. Ansell is a global company with facilities in 35 countries. Co-ordinated action by workers in Ansell facilities in other countries will be the most powerful strategy to hit back against Ansell.