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Bangladesh: dismissed workers reinstated with ACT interim dispute resolution mechanism

19 December, 2023The right to freedom of association is upheld as IndustriALL affiliate, the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers' Federation (BGIWF), reaches an agreement on a complaint brought against Dekko Designs Ltd. under the ACT interim dispute resolution mechanism.

Unions in Bangladesh demand revision of new minimum wage

16 November, 2023Minimum wage protests in Dhaka continue as workers’ demand of a higher minimum wage remains unmet. Police has been violently breaking down the protests and to date four workers have been killed and several others seriously injured. Police has registered over 60 criminal cases, in which nearly a hundred workers have been arrested, including six local union leaders.

Minimum wage protests continue in Bangladesh

9 November, 2023Workers in Bangladesh continue to protest for a higher minimum wage in light of the inadequate increase that the government approved when it announced the new minimum wage as BDT12,500 (US$112) on 9 November.

Asia Pacific trade agreements must safeguard workers’ rights

9 November, 2023IndustriALL Global Union Asia Pacific affiliates strategized actions to defend workers’ rights in free trade agreements, in a regional meeting held in Kuala Lumpur on 1 November.

Worker shot dead by police as minimum wage protests intensify in Bangladesh

30 October, 2023As thousands of garment workers take to the streets in Bangladesh to demand a minimum wage increase, police takes violent action to quell protest demonstrations, shooting dead one garment worker and injuring another earlier today.

IndustriALL Global Union statement on implementation of the ILO Roadmap in Bangladesh

27 October, 2023Several workers’ organisations made a complaint under Article 26 to the International Labour Conference in 2019 on the non-observance of Conventions 81, 87 and 98 by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). 

Organizing workers in Bangladesh remains a challenge

19 September, 2023The progress reported by the government of Bangladesh on the implementation of the ILO roadmap, particularly regarding addressing acts of anti-union discrimination and violence against workers, is far from the reality experienced by trade unionists who daily encounter different challenges while organizing workers in garment factories in the country.

Youth and women leaders in Nepal and Bangladesh resolve to fight GBVH

5 September, 2023In August, IndustriALL organized a series of workshops with youth and women union leaders in Bangladesh and Nepal as part of the South Asia building inclusive unions project.

Hong Kong Convention round table in Bangladesh

30 August, 2023A round table meeting was convened by IndustriALL in Bangladesh on 30 August, bringing together government, shipbreaking yard employers and local unions to plan the way forward after the country’s ratification of the Hong Kong Convention.

Bangladesh is one of the world’s worst countries for workers

5 July, 2023The recently published ITUC Global Rights Index 2023, which ranks countries based on the status of workers’ rights, reveals a grim picture of the situation for workers in South Asian countries. While Nepal and Sri Lanka witness regular and systematic violations of workers’ rights respectively, Bangladesh has been ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for workers.