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(en) Bangaladesh, Action need

From Victor Chernov <wsany@hotmail.com>
Date Sat, 25 Oct 2003 11:04:57 +0200 (CEST)

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Dear Friends and Comrades,
The National Grament Workers Federation (NGWF) is engaged in a struggle at
the Karnaphuli Fabrics Ltd. and its companion company the Newtex Group in
Bangladesh. Karnaphuli Fabrics and Newtex Group do subcontracted garment
manufacturing for a number of multinational companies from Austria, France,
Italy and the U.S.
The majority of the workforce is women. Working conditions are harsh, with
the employer, according to the NGWF, sometimes engaging in physical abuse.
There is no fresh drinking water.No canteen to eat. No maternity leave and
little to no time off. These workers work 14 to 15 hours per day. Some
times they work the whole night( 8am to next 4 am). Monthly pay for a
Helper is USD $15.51, for an Operator $25 - 27.58 and $46.55 a month for the
most skilled Operator.

Workers are cheated out of overtime pay by not being given a time card
("attendance card").These workers are also without work contracts and can be
fired at any time. Without time card, there is no document of actual hours
worked.As a result management cheats workers from their overtime pay. On
this cheating, the NGWF gives the following example. When a "worker worked
100 hours overtime but management will only pay 80 hours overtime
salary.Workers can not challenge because they do not have any document"
(such as a time card).

In addition to the poor working conditions and pay, on September 8, 2003,
the bosses fired 17 workers, some of them NGWF members.

The NGWF is asking protest letters be sent to Karnaphuli Fabrics, Newtex
Group. On the international level, the NGWF asks that the multinationals
Samar Group,Alperin Inc.,Benger Sportswear,Tissaia and Basics be contacted.
Demand that they investigate the conditions at their subcontracters and, per
the NGWF, they "take initiative to fulfill the demands" in providing for
decent working conditions and pay at their subcontractor's factories.

The addresses of these companies addresses below.

When either writing or picketing these companies, please raise the NGWF

1. Reinstate or compensatethe 17 fired workers.
2. Provide weekley time off.
3. Provide a witten Appointment or contact letter.
4. Identity card and attendence card .
5. Clean place to eat or canteen.
6. On site doctor with first aid care.
7. Stop harassment and torture.

Bangladesh Addresses:

70 Green Road, Dhanmondhi,Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh

NEWTEX GROUP ( 9 factories total )
Main address: 69/1 Green Road, pantha path,SUVASTU TOWER,lebel 10 - 11,
Dhaka-1205,Bangladesh,Phone;88 02 9663237,8614910,Fax; 88 02 8615928.

Multinational Corporation's:


LABEL:Benger Sportswear
Mehrerauer Straße 3-5, 6900 Bregenz,Austria
Telephone: (0043) 05574/52744
Fax: (0043) 05574/43219


Leclerc Groupe (or E Leclerc)
52 street Camille Desmoulins 92451 Issy-les-Moulineaux
Edouard Leclerc, President
from: HYPERLINK "http://www.transnationale.org/";


Label: OCN (MAN )
Samar Group,Via Martiri Libertà13874 Mottalciata,Italy.
Tel: (0)161-8721
Fax: (0)161-872271


Label: Mayflower MFG Co.
3 Maxson DriveOld Forge,
Pa 18518United States
Tel: 570-457-5151

Label: Alperin Inc.
1 Maxson DriveOld Forge,
Pa 18518United States
Tel: 570-457-0500

4950 Pacific Avenue # 200
Stockton, CA 95207-6307 United States
TEL: 209-956-1041 FAX: 209-956-1041
ABI-NO: 467985180

The factory KARNAPHULI and their group NEWTEX previously worked for some
other Labelssuch as:
1. MAC 1 ONE
3.hot + spicy
4.Carlo Filati
7. e extreme YOUTH

Thanking you in advance for all your help and assistance.

In solidarity,

Amirul Haque Amin
General Secretary
National Garments Workers Federation

Mike Harris
Workers Solidarity Alliance [Ed. note: anarcho-syndicalist]

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