Agreement between government, industry and labor representatives underscores shared commitment to workers’ rights and rule of law
DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (the “Alliance”) welcomes the tripartite agreement reached by the Bangladesh Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the IndustriAll Bangladesh Council (IBC). The agreement comes weeks after numerous labor advocates were detained and interrogated for holding protests in the Ashulia district protesting rent increases and calling for higher minimum wages to support families and cover basic household expenses.
In the agreement, all parties agreed to release detainees, reopen shuttered zonal offices and either pay or reinstate workers who were fired for taking part in protests. The signatories further committed to ensuring sustainable relations among garment factories through peaceful dialogue between owners and workers.