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(en) Bangladesh, Garment Workers Safety Day observed

From "Victor Chernov" <wsany@hotmail.com>
Date Fri, 27 Dec 2002 15:46:02 -0500 (EST)


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Workers Solidarity Alliance - http://flag.blackened.net/agony/wsa
Dear comrade,
Greetings.
Garment workers of Bangladesh today
27 th December observed the " Garment
Workers Safety Day." According to the
decission of some garment workers
federations in last year 2001 , it
was decided that every year the 27 th
December will be observe as garment
workers safety day. Before this
decission, every year the 27 th
december were observed as Saraka Day. On 27
th December,90, there was a fire
in SARAKA garment factory on which 27 th
workers were died.From 27 th december,
90 to till now 252 garment workers died
and several thousands were injured
in more than 50 fires in different
garment factories In Bangladesh.
On the occation of Garment Workers
Safety Day, different garment workers
organisations organised different
programs.

National Garments Workers Federation
National Garments Workers Federation
(NGWF) today 27 th december organised a
Garment Workers Human Chain at 11 a.m.
in front of the MUKTANGOAN, the
center
place of the capital city Dhaka. It
was finished at 12 noon. Garment workers
from different garments including the
women participated in the program.The
participants carried different Pestuns
as " save our life ", "Ensure the
health & safety ", " dont kill us ".
The headline of the banner was " Save
The Garment Workers From The Fire."

During the program , it was addressed
among others Amirul Haque Amin,Kazi
Mohammad Ali, Advocate Abed Raja, Miss
Shahida Sarker, Mojibur Rahman Pintu,
Miss Safia Pervin,Miss Nurun Nahar and
Mrs Arifa Akter.
The speakers said that " The Bangladesh
Garment Manufacturers Employer
Association and Govt. are not serious
to save garment workers lives and to
ensure their health & safety. Many
garment owners are violating the laws
concerning health & safety but the
BGMEA or Govt. do not tacking necessary
steps against these garment owners."

They also blamed that- "many of the
garment owners made emergency exit in
their factories only to eye wash the
buyers and others peoples.These
emergency exits are more dangarous
and these are not possible to use in any
accident."
The speakers urged the BGMEA and Govt.
to ensure the garment workers health,
safety and security.

On the occation of garment workers
safety day some other organisations also
organised different programs including
the Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity
Council, Bangladesh Agricultural Workers
Federation and Bangladesh Jute &
Garment Workers Federation.


In solidarity
Amirul Haque Amin
General Secretary
National Garments Workers Federation
27.12.02






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