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15 Nov 2023

The Daily Star, Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Union leaders say cases have been filed against 23,000 garment workers in connection with recent minimum wage protests

Garments workers of Achieve Fashion stage a demonstration in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 27, 2023

"23,000 garment workers sued for unrest over minimum wage: union leaders", November 15 2023

Around 23,000 garment workers have been sued in various cases filed in connection with the recent unrest over the fixation of their minimum wage, union leaders claimed today.

"So far, 62 cases have been filed against about 23,000 workers in the Gazipur, Mirpur and Savar areas," said Kutubuddin Ahmed, secretary of the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC), which is affiliated with the IndustriALL Global Union.

More than 100 workers have already been arrested in connection with the cases, he said...

The Daily Star could not verify the number of cases, accused and arrestees immediately.

Addressing the press conference, IBC President Amirul Haque Amin demanded the unconditional release of the arrested workers immediately.

He also urged factory owners to ensure treatment to the injured workers and give compensation to the families of the workers who died during the unrest.

IBC Vice President Babul Akhter threatened to lodge complaints with buyers against the factories if they prepare any blacklist of the workers who agitated and punish them....