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(en) icl-cit: Agreement signed with Dragon Group (ca)
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 09:33:35 +0200
September 6th/7th: Textile workers rally and attempt to lay siege on factory owner's residency in Dhaka ---- On October 12, representatives
of the workers reached an agreement with Dragon Group's management. This puts an end to several months of union action against the company.
As is widely known, thousands of workers were owed unpaid wages and subsidies. During the past months, they conducted a determined struggle,
organizing numerous actions. At the same time, international solidarity spread to many countries
(https://www.icl-cit.org/solidarity-with-dragon-group-workers-spreads-across-the-globe/). --- The agreement was signed by representatives of
the workers, the bosses, the government and the company owners. It means they now accept that these amounts are owed, something they had
refused to do until now. They will also make regular payments over a period of time, until the figures indicated in the text are reached.
The workers have also made concessions, as they have settled for a lower amount than they were originally demanding.
Following the signing of the agreement, GWTUC have asked their international comrades to halt the solidarity actions for the time being.
Compliance with the agreement will be closely monitored and action will be taken again if any irregularities are detected.
ICL is a federalist organisation. The workers on the ground are the ones making the decisions, with full autonomy, regarding their
struggles. The International only coordinates the support that other sections and contacts can offer in this endeavour. The initiative
always lies with the workers involved in the conflict, as must be.
Therefore, in response to the GWTUC's request, we call on all unions, groups and organisations that have already demonstrated their
solidarity with the Dragon Group's comrades, to remain alert in case the agreement is not respected. As we already told the company once,
ICL is not a neutral body or an impartial arbitrator. We will always stand by the workers, in Bangladesh and around the world, ready and
willing to respond to their demands, as is the case now.
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