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Bangladesh: Union calls for reinstatement of 701 dismissed garment workers after mass layoffs allegedly linked to trade union involvement
Author: IndustriALL, Published on: 29 August 2019
"Bangladesh: 701 garment workers fired after Eid", 29 August 2019
701 workers have been laid off without any prior information at SF Denim Apparels in Dhaka, Bangladesh...
As workers returned to the factory after Eid vacation on 18 August, SF Denim Apparels cited ‘work order shortage’...
At least half of the 701 workers... wanted to form a trade union under the leadership of IndustriALL affiliate Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF).
According to unions, SF Denim Apparels has consistently been obstructing efforts to organize and form a union.
In response to efforts to form a union in 2018 the company fired more than a hundred workers. 38 of the workers launched court cases against the employer, which are still ongoing... [I]n early August... five workers involved in union organizing were laid off.
Nazma Akter, IndustriALL Executive Committee member and SGSF president says:
“We are deeply concerned over the mass layoffs; the workers are obviously targeted over their involvement in union activities. To make matters worse, more than 30 of the terminated workers are pregnant and will now not receive any maternity benefits. We demand that SF Denim Apparels reinstate all the fired workers.”
The union is in contact with the brands that source from SF Denim, like C&A, H&M and Benetton, and they are working together to resolve the situation.