Union leaders and labor rights activists are demanding the government of Bangladesh secure jobs for tannery workers before taking punitive action against the industry for its role in environmental pollution. The demand was made at a discussion following the...
In Bangladesh, the Solidarity Center advances worker rights in partnership with independent unions in the garment, seafood processing, and tannery sectors, and promotes the rights of Bangladeshi migrant and domestic workers. The Solidarity Center also partners with Bangladesh unions to conduct gender equality training, to help counter gender-based violence and harassment at work that is sometimes used as a tool to intimidate workers. (See a summary of our recent projects. আমাদের সাম্প্রতিক প্রকল্পগুলির একটি সারসংক্ষেপ দেখুনঃ)
Through training on safe migration and anti-human trafficking, Solidarity Center joins with grassroots partners to call for decent work for Bangladeshi migrants, many of whom are targets of unscrupulous brokers (dalals) that send them to work in dangerous, often inhumane conditions.
The Solidarity Center supports several Worker Community Centers (WCCs), where workers and community members come together to learn about their rights and build collective power to claim them, train to become effective advocates for critical health and education services, and positively engage in the civic and economic life of their communities.
The Solidarity Center also provides legal assistance to workers in Bangladesh’s Export-Processing Zones (EPZ) to assist them in defending their rights. EPZ workers are subject to a different, much weaker set of labor laws than workers in the rest of the country, and these laws do not meet international standards for freedom of association or collective bargaining.
Although collective bargaining remains extremely difficult in Bangladesh, and often provokes employer retribution, with support from the Solidarity Center unions are negotiating groundbreaking, gender-responsive collective bargaining agreements to improve wages and working conditions. The Solidarity Center also has trained thousands of workers on fire and building safety since the Tazreen Fashions and Rana Plaza tragedies in 2012 and 2013 where more than 1,200 garment workers lost their lives.
Bangladesh Factory Fire: ‘This Amounts to Murder’
Worker rights advocates and the international human rights community are expressing sorrow, disbelief and outrage over the horrific fire at the Hashem Foods Ltd., factory in Bangladesh that killed at least 52 workers and more than a dozen children early this week....
Bangladesh Garment Worker Dies in Rally for Unpaid Wages
Jesmin Begum, a Bangladesh garment worker in her early 30s, died as she and hundreds of others rallied for unpaid wages in one of Dhaka’s Export Processing Zones (EPZs). A sewing operator, Begum was laid off in January from Lenny Fashion, Ltd., after the factory...