Guitar Workers + Musicians United!

International Actions

Because the profit of Cort Guitars depends so much on international buyers and markets, Cort workers and their supporters have traveled overseas to global instrument trade fairs and conventions to publicize the illegal actions of Cort and to pressure the companies that subcontract from them to demand Cort to respect basic worker rights.

**************   RECENT ACTIONS (2010)  ************************

USA:  NAMM Trade Show 2010 (Anaheim and Los Angeles, California )

WHEN:  January 8 -17, 2010

Labor unions, community organizations, musicians, artists, and NAMM trade show attendees joined the Cort Action campaign in LA and in Anaheim. Organizations and people lent their skills, their voices, and ideas, and we took the stage in public spaces in LA and in front of NAMM to amplify the struggle of the Cort and Cor-tek workers for their livelihoods and for worker rights.

See LA Schedule page for an overview of the main LA-area events.

In LA and Anaheim, Cort Action and the workers from Cort and Cor-tek factories

* Held a solidarity concert with musicians who support the Cort workers, from Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Boots Riley of the Coup

* Held outdoor actions and press conferences outdoors in Hollywood and in front o the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center

* Gathered the support and commitment of local unions and labor organizations, from AFL-CIO United Steel Workers Local 675 and UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Orange County Labor Federation

Contact us to join the mailing list, give suggestions, and share your own actions from wherever you are.

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PAST INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS – 2009

Germany: MUSIKMESSE 2009 (Frankfurt), 2009

A march in the street with German labor unions

The Cort and Cor-tek workers outside of Musikmesse

A candlelight vigil in front of the convention center

A German supporter holding the No Cort fliers

Japan: YOKOHAMA MUSIC FAIR 2009 (Tokyo and Yokohama), 2009

In Japan, a broad-based coalition of labor unions, precarious and temporary worker unions, cultural activists like Amateur Riot, and media activists joined together to support the Cort/ Cor-tek workers.

Cor-tek worker appealing to passerby in Tokyo

The Cort worker and solidarity delegation presents the issue and schedule of actions at Room 12, an artist and activist collective in Tokyo, Japan.

Press Conference in front of Yokohama Music Fair at Pacifico

A musical march with Cort and Cor-tek workers, Kawai workers, labor activists, Freeter Union, musicians, media and cultural activists from Korea, Japan and the US.

A supporter in front of Pacifico, helping to pass out fliers

Thank you to the unions, the collectives, the artists, the musicians, NGOs like A SEED and Peace Boat Japan.


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