|Issue No 109||31 August 2001|
Authorities Scotch Bra-Burning
Police intervention prevented the ceremonial burning of bras, but a public protest this week still succeeded in raising awareness of Triumph's trade with Burma.
About 100 protestors from union, church and community groups gathered in Sydney's Pitt Street mall outside the grace Brothers department store, one of the outlets that sell Triumph bras.
Legislative Council president Meredith Burgman had planned to burn one of the Triumph bras, until the authorities intervened. Instead she cut the bra into small pieces.
But the stunt still reaped benefits, with national newspaper attention given to the vexed issue of whether or not it was legal to burn a bra.
The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Daily Telegraph all ran articles on the bra-burning stand-off, all mentioning the campaign against Triumph.
Triumph was targeted because it refused to cease manufacturing in Burma, despite a recommendation from the International Labour Organisation to cease trade over the military regime's use of slave labour.
Triumph Cancels Talks
Meanwhile, the target of Tuesday's action, Triumph, responded to the protest by immediately cancelling planned talks with the FairWear Alliance.
The actions should ensure that further protests across the country are held as FairWear continue pressure on the Swiss multinational.
"We have decided to give them one month to agree to a meeting - during which time we will continue to distribute the postcards, make the most out of the media coverage we've just had and generally continue to raise awareness about the clothing being made in Burma," FairWear convenor Lisa Wriley says .
"If they continue to avoid dialogue with us we will begin a series of actions and vigils outside retailers in local shopping centres."
For more information, postcards please contact the FairWear office by phone  9380 9091, email [email protected] or check our website www.awatw.org.au/fairwear.
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