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In a national workshop on the living wage held on 22 and 23 April 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladeshi unions resolved to intensify their campaign for a living wage.
On 24 April, workers in Bangladesh and Pakistan remembered the dead and demanded improved factory safety, and punishment to those responsible for the garment factory tragedy in Bangladesh three years ago.
The first meeting of the Bangladesh national monitoring committee was held in Dhaka on 21–22 April 2016 to discuss the implementation of the global framework agreement (GFA).
By Jenny Holdcroft, policy director at IndustriALL Global Union.
As one of the worst industrial disasters in recent history, the Rana Plaza factory collapse is a reminder that disregarding human and labour rights can cost lives. Three years on, Bangladesh’s garment industry is starting to feel the benefits of the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh.
Toxic gas inhalation causes death of one shipbreaking worker with another battling for life.
Seven people, including a 16-year-old boy, were injured after guards at a shipbreaking company in Bangladesh opened fire on people protesting against the death of a worker.
Multinational energy giant Chevron has sacked workers by text message in an ongoing case of intimidation aimed at discouraging union organizing.
Dangerous garment factories are still a reality in Bangladesh as yet another fire erupts in Dhaka’s garment district.
Three global unions have made a critical assessment of the Government of Bangladesh saying it is failing to comply with a compact made with the European Union in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster.
Workers in this industry face dangerous and precarious working conditions, with very little training, safety equipment and medical services, and they receive poverty wages. IndustriALL Global Union is campaigning to support organizing at the South Asia yards and is pushing governments in countries with major shipping industries to take responsibility for workers’ safety.
The day after the third anniversary of the Tazreen garment factory fire in Bangladesh, the compensation fund for victims has received two significant donations.
On the third anniversary of the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, IndustriALL Global Union is calling on international brands that sourced from the garment factory to pay into the fund for victims.
An IndustriALL delegation met the Bangladeshi Ministry of Industries on 5 November 2015 to lobby for ratification of the convention.
Leading trade unions from the shipbuilding and shipbreaking industries coordinate through an IndustriALL Action Group that meets every year. In Chittagong, Bangladesh on 1-2 November the Action Group focussed on the global campaign to clean up ship breaking, the world’s most dangerous job.
On 20 October another major accident happened in a Chittagong shipbreaking yard, this time killing three workers. IndustriALL Global Union campaigns to clean up this industry, the world’s most dangerous to work in.
IndustriALL Bangladesh Council organized a human chain in Dhaka with more than 200 people protesting against precarious work.
IndustriALL Global Union is condemning Chevron’s illegal union busting in Bangladesh, and calls for corrective action by the multinational energy company.
A 5 September deadly accident at the Shital yard in Chittagong underlined the importance of the global campaign for ratification of the Hong Kong Convention, aimed at making perilous ship breaking jobs safer.
IndustriALL Global Union joined nearly 4500 delegates from 169 countries attending the 104th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland from 1 to 13 June.
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