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(en) Bangladesh Garment Workers Plan General Strike

From "Victor Chernov" <wsany@hotmail.com>
Date Thu, 15 Aug 2002 15:37:09 -0400 (EDT)

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To: Workers Solidarity Alliance
Fr: National Garment Wokers Federation

Dear Comrade,
Pls be inform that ,

In Bangladesh,garment workers will observe country wide Strike in whole
garment sector on 1st September,2002. This strike called by the Bangladesh 
Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC). BGWUC is an umbrella organisation of 
6 garment workers federations including the National Garments Workers 
Federation (NGWF ). NGWF is the initiator of the BGWUC.

In Bangladesh, the total number of garment factories are 3300. The number of 
garments workers are : 1,600.000. 80% are women worker.Garment is the 
biggest industrial sector of Bangladesh and it earns the highest foreign 
money. But till now garment workers are inhuman condition.In 1994 government 
declared minimum wage was Tk.930/ per month. It was equvalant to $ 23.25 , 
on that time and now it is equvalant to $ 16 . In this 8 years there is no 
wage structure though acconding to law it should revise every 2 years. Even 
till now workers receiving minimum wage tk 800($14) per month.

Many cases workers work 14 to 16 hours per day and 7 days in a week.The
workers donot have the appointment letter/contact letter and service book. 
Management do not allow the trade union right and activities though 
according to the law it have.There is no gratuity or provident fund or 
social security fund.Working condition and factory envernment is very 
bad.Health and safety condition is very poor. BGMEA ( Bangladesh Garments 
manufacturers And Exporters Association ) had signed MOU with BGWUC in 1997 
and 2000. But these are not implemented .In this condition the BGWUC have 
called strike on the
basis of 6 points charter of demands.

(The 6 points include workers and union rights, health & safety, as well as 
calls for the need to grow the industry facing severe production downturns).

For the success of the strike, Bangladeshi garment workers need your 
support, solidarity and cooperation.

In solidarity
Amirul Haque Amin
General Secretary, NGWF
Coordinator, BGWUC
Mailing: GPO Box 864, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Phone: 88 019 340268.
Fax : 88 02 966853.
E-mail :ngwf@aitlbd.net

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Workers Solidarity Alliance - http://flag.blackened.net/agony/wsa

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