IndustriALL Global Union is calling for an immediate end to the persecution of garment workers, trade union leaders and worker activists in Bangladesh after a sinister crackdown by Government authorities.
Recently, police have detained at least 11 union leaders and workers’ rights advocates over the past two weeks under the Special Powers Act 1974. The eleven detained include seven members of three IndustriALL trade union affiliates in Bangladesh – the BGIWF, SBGWF and BIGUF. More than 1,600 workers have been suspended and police have filed cases against 600 workers and trade union leaders.
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This followed strikes in the Ashulia district in Dhaka, Bangladeshi by workers demanding an increase in the minimum wage from US $ 68 to US $ 190 per month. On the other hand, factory owners have repudiated wages increase.
Valter Sanches, General Secretary, IndustriALL said, “The crackdown on trade unionists and workers in the Bangladesh garment industry cannot continue. IndustriALL demands that the Government should immediately release the detained trade union leaders and activists, and drops the criminal cases against hundreds of garment workers. Government repression will not silence them or us. Garment workers have a fundamental right to organize and must be paid a living wage. The Government risks losing its precious garment industry if cannot treat its workers humanely.”