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5 Feb 2019

NewAge, Bangladesh

Global labour rights group demands release of Bangladeshi garment workers

"Global labour rights group demands release of arrested RMG workers", 5 February 2019

The United Steelworkers, one of the largest unions in North America..., has urged the Bangladesh government to release immediately all the garment workers and union representatives arrested on ‘trumped-up charges’ due to demonstration protesting against the inadequate minimum wage increase.

The USW...also demanded dropping charges against workers involved in demonstrations in December last year, as well as those charges that remained unsettled following the protests in 2016 demanding wage hike...

[A] letter was sent to Bangladesh high commissioner in Canada...The USW urged Bangladesh to respect the rights of workers working in the RMG [ready made garment] sector to living wages and to stop repression against the workers...[It] also requested Bangladesh’s Supreme Court to lift the restraining order and ensure that the Accord on Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh can continue its operations for the duration of the 3-year transition agreement or until the designated oversight committee determines that the Remediation and Coordination Cell is capable of taking over its tasks.