[NGWF, Feb 10th 2014] As part of the observance of the International Day of Action in Solidarity with Garment Workers in Cambodia10th February, the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), todaySundayFebruary 10, 2014 organized a Garment workers’ flag rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka city at 12:30 noon. The rally was followed by a procession that paraded different streets of the city.
Presided over by NGWF President Amirul Haque Haque Amin, The rally was addressed by the Federation’s central leaders Ms Nurun Nahar, Md Faruk Khan, Md Kabir Hossain, Ms Sweety Akter and Md Rafique.
The speakers said, “Garment workers of different countries of the world have become subject of repressions, including killing & imprisonment. Garment workers of Cambodia started struggles to increase their minimum wage to US$ 160 per month. The Cambodian authorities unleashed repression to suppress the struggles as part of which 4 garment workers were killed in last month by Cambodian police, 39 workers were seriously injured and 23 were arrested. The arrested 23 garment workers’ organizers are still languishing in prison without trial. Today, International Workers’ Solidarity Day is being observed throughout the world in support of the Cambodian garment workers under the joint initiative of ITUC, IndustriAll & UNI Global.”
The speakers demanded of the Cambodian government to unconditionally release the 23 detained workers immediately, implement just demand of the Cambodian garment workers & increase wage as per their demand.
After the rally, a Garment workers’ flag procession paraded different streets of the city, including High Court, Topkhana Road & Purana Paltan Crossing and concluded in front of the NGWF central office.