The Bangladesh Project // Update

If the 3 ½ million mostly women garment workers win their wage increase, it will allow them to climb out of misery and at least into poverty.” (Charles Kernaghan, National Labor Committee)

The Bangladeshi Government has agreed to increase the minimum wage in Bangladesh by 80%. While you might think this is high enough, at first glance, it is unfortunately not sufficient enough to support the workers and their families. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has reported that staff and worker leaders at the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) have become victims of intimidation and harassment, with criminal cases filed; the government has issued arrest warrants “against hundreds of workers and several labour rights leaders.” (CCC)

As a result, the SA Bangladesh Project will continue to campaign in solidarity with these workers.

Check out our project page to get involved.

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3000 Taka per month is still not sufficient to cover the basic expenses of workers and their families.” (Fair Wear Foundation)

AFL-CIO labor federation in the United States and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Britain (totalling 11 ½ million members) have released statements in support of Bangladeshi garment workers:

Click to read the AFL-CIO statement 

Click to read the TUC Statement 

You can also support these workers:

Mary Hanlon

Mary is the founder, editor and lead contributor at Social Alterations. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, where she researches responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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2 thoughts on “The Bangladesh Project // Update

  1. maryhanlon Post author

    Thank you for your feedback and support Constance! It would be so great if you could help spread the campaign though your network. We’ll look forward to your photo!

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