Amirul Haque Amin – President, National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), Bangladesh said in a communication to Unite the Union that the rally held in Dhaka, Bangladesh was “Expressing support to [the] October 20, All England day-long protest demonstration of workers, trade unions and general masses.”
Labour Behind the Label was very impressed by the show of solidarity with UK workers from those in Bangladesh who live in a permanent state of ‘austerity’ but are always bravely fighting for an improvement in their pay and conditions: sometimes at great personal risk. Tireless campaigner Aminul Islam was murdered earlier this year and countless union leaders have been arrested and badly treated.
Explaining the reasons behind Britain’s anti-austerity rally, Amirul Amin the NGWF leader went on to report: “A garment workers solidarity rally and procession was held in Dhaka City today expressing solidarity with the demonstrations of British workers and general people. The programme was held in front of the National Press Club at 12:00 noon. Several hundred Garment workers, holding red and green Bangladeshi national flag, took at the rally and procession that concluded at Paltan Crossing after parading through Supreme Court, Foreign Ministry and Topkhana Road. Presided over by NGWF President Amirul Haque Amin, the rally was addressed by its General Secretary Ms Safia Parvin, Md Faruk Khan, Ms Sultana Akter, Md Kabir Hossain and Mohammad Rafik.
Expressing solidarity with the fighting workers and people of England, the speakers said: ‘Millions of workers are being thrown out of jobs throughout the world through privatization. State is withdrawing its responsibilities and subsidy from fundamental areas like food, education, health and housing in the name of austerity. On the other hand, Government are giving different incentives, including tax exemption to the multinationals.’ ”
Mr Amin ended his report, concluding that “Workers, working people, trade unions and general masses of the world should have to build united protest and resistance.” This echoes Labour Behind the Label’s desire to see unions in the UK supporting the struggles of their colleagues in the global garment industry to fight for the rights to freedom of association, a living wage and safe working conditions. As such, we welcome new affiliates from local, regional and national branches of unions across the UK and are very happy to see the number of affiliates rising year on year. If you are interested in affiliating your union branch to LBL please contact us on 0117 944 1700 and we can send you details.
Thanks to Power in a Union blog where this report and picture originally appeared.