The disaster in Rana Plaza on 24 April 2013, where at least 1,138 Bangladeshi garment workers died, has spurred more people to fight for better conditions for the world’s 75 million garment workers.
Badrul Alam, a member of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist-Leninist), visited Britain recently.
When Rana Plaza, a multistorey building housing garment factories, collapsed in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in April 2013 the focus of the world media was on the conditions of Bangladeshi workers.
Badrul Alam, a member of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist-Leninist), an observer section of the Fourth International, spoke to Solidarity about the political crisis in that country and its implications for working-class politics.
Bangladeshi workers have won a 77% increase in the minimum wage which will rise to 5,300 takas (£43) per month.
The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade unions (HKCTU) held a solidarity rally on 1 October at a Government office in Hong Kong.
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Gap, Unit 5, Parkfield Street, London N1 0PS
Facebook event here.
The death toll from the Rana Plaza factory collapse has now passed 1,100.
Mass mobilisations by Bangladeshi garment workers, supported by international solidarity, has forced many retailers into compensating victims' families and signing the Bangladeshi Fire & Building Safety Agreement. Restrictions on unions' rights to organise have also been relaxed.
But some retailers, including Gap, are refusing to sign the accord. We'll be leafleting and petitioning outside Gap's outlet near Angel station (Unit 5, Parkfield Street, London N1 0PS) to demand they sign the agreement and respect their workers' rights to organise — in their suppliers' factories, and in their stores.
Badrul Alam from the Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist-Leninist) spoke to Solidarity.
University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY. Room 2B
Facebook event here.
After the Rana Plaza massacre, where over 1,000 Bangladeshi workers were murdered for profit when their unsafe workplace collapsed, the Bangladeshi workers' movement has taken great steps forward.
The wave of militancy with which the Bangladeshi labour movement met the killing - with support from their allies around the world - has already won a series of victories, including a change in the law making it easier for workers to unionise, compensation, and improved building safety agreements.
The victories of organisations like the National Garment Workers Federation of Bangladesh show that real change is possible, that solidarity wins - and also that it is the workers' movement, not charity or ethical shopping that is the real force for human liberation and civilisation.
Come to this Workers' Liberty forum, which will be addressed by Bangladeshi labour activists via Skype, where we will learn about the workers' movement in Bangladesh and discuss positive steps forward we can make to help it.