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A boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi garment factory on 3 July 2017 has killed 11 workers and injured at least 50 people. The death toll could rise as many of those caught in the blast are in a critical condition in hospital.
IndustriALL Global Union is deeply saddened at the deaths of at least 11 people following a boiler explosion at the Multifabs Limited garment factory in Bangladesh on Monday 3 July. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and our thoughts and sympathies are with the many people injured in the blast.
Leading fashion brands are redoubling their commitments to responsible global supply chains by entering into a new Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh with global trade unions.
Workers at the Azim Group’s Orchid and Savar factories in Bangladesh, were attacked at the factory gates for wanting to form a union. Now company management has filed criminal charges against 61 of its workers.
IndustriALL calls on state oil company PETROBANGLA to intervene and ensure decent working conditions at Chevron Bangladesh.
Workers at Azim Group’s Orchid and Savar factories in Chittagong have been subjected to violence, threats and coercion for wanting to form a union in the workplace.
Global trade unions are demanding the European Union holds Bangladesh to account over labour violations ahead of a key meeting to evaluate the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact on 18 May in Dhaka.
Following the success of IndustriALL’s global campaign to free the jailed unionists in Bangladesh, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union Valter Sanches visited Bangladesh to meet with the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council and congratulate them on negotiating an agreement with employers and the government.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, killing 1,138 workers and injuring thousands more. Although progress has been made, efforts to make Bangladesh’s garment industry a safe place for workers are still needed and the Bangladesh Accord must continue beyond 2018.
On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than a 1,000 garment workers, swift action by an IndustriALL trade union affiliate in the country has prevented a potential tragedy from taking place.
Workers at the Orchid Sweater factory in Bangladesh are calling for solidarity support as their attempts to secure formal union registration have been repeatedly denied since February 2016.
Congratulations to our affiliates in Bangladesh and thanks to all unions and activists around the world for helping with this campaign. Want to know more about what we did? Read our blog post Bangladesh: elements of a successful campaign
A behind the scenes look at a successful campaign. Bringing about social change is difficult, and clicktivism - signing an online petition - is not enough. So how do you campaign and win?
The majority of the 35 Bangladeshi unionists and garment workers arrested since December last year have been released, and the remaining should be released shortly. This follows an international campaign led by IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union against the Bangladesh government’s crackdown on the labour movement.
Protests have been taking place in over 16 cities, including Berlin, Geneva, London, Brussels, The Hague, Washington D.C., New York, Ottawa, Kathmandu, and Seoul.
The Natural Denims Ltd. Sommilito Sramik Union has signed a two year collective agreement with the company for the first time.
A further nine trade union members from an IndustriALL Global Union affiliate in Bangladesh were arrested over the weekend as the government crackdown on garment workers escalates.
Since December 2016 at least 26 trade unionists and garment workers have been jailed for trade union activity in Bangladesh, following demands to increase the minimum wage. Join IndustriALL Global Union in calling on the Bangladeshi government for their immediate release.
The latest crackdown on Bangladesh’s garment workers for demanding relief from poverty wages and hazardous working conditions must call into question the country’s continuing eligibility for trade preferences under the EU’s GSP regime, write Valter Sanches IndustriALL General Secretary, Philip Jennings UNI Global Union General Secretary and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.
**UPDATED** The Donglian Fashion Sommilito Sramik Union has signed a collective agreement with the company, setting an important precedent.
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