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Bangladesh unions call to reinstate retrenched garment workers

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In Bangladesh, representatives of labor unions recently demanded the immediate reinstatement of all workers done, with maximum monthly pay, concerning mass sacking in the textile factories during the COVID-19 outbreak. Three unions reported that approximately 10,000 Dhaka, Savar, Gazipur, Ashulia, Narayanganj and Shattogram employees had been lost in a joint declaration.

Bangladesh Garments and Workers Federation (BIGUF) and the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) called on factory owners to comply with government regulations and to stop firing employees during the crisis.

The three organisations proposed that a list of staff who had been fired from January through March would be planned and reinstated, and officially told employees of this.

Other demands included retaining the garment factories closed with paid leave before the extended public holidays.

The unions have warned that they will begin a global movement to stop, suspend or demand a discount on purchasers’ orders, referring to the effects of the pandemic.

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