Bangladesh: Release arrested garment union leaders now!
In partnership with IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union. IndustriALL and UNI have been at the forefront of improving worker rights and safety in the garment industry in Bangladesh, following the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed more than 1,100 garment workers.
At least 26 garment trade unionists and worker activists have been detained in Bangladesh in an alarming step backwards for worker rights and democracy in the country.
Security forces have raided the houses of trade union leaders and volunteers, and many have gone into hiding in fear of their safety. Trade union offices in Ashulia, the garment-producing hub of the capital Dhaka, have been invaded, vandalized and forcibly shut down, with membership documents burned and furniture removed.
After garment workers demanded an increase in wages in December, more than 1,600 workers have been fired and police have filed cases against 600 workers and trade union leaders.
Sign the petition to stop the attacks on garment workers and tell the government of Bangladesh to immediately release the detained union leaders and activists, and drop all charges against them.