Violent Attack on Bangladesh Union Leader Sparks Outrage and Calls for Justice

Savar, Dhaka – In a recent incident that shook the garment and shop workers community in Bangladesh, General Secretary Amirul Haque Amin of the National Shop Employees Federation (NSEF) and President of the National Garments Workers Federation (NGWF) was brutally attacked along with his supporters during a peaceful demonstration on March 29, 2024. The protestors were advocating for Eid bonuses when they were unexpectedly assaulted by a violent group, resulting in injuries to 20 supporters.

UNI Global Union has come forward to strongly denounce the attack on Brother Amin and his companions, emphasizing the need for swift action to hold the perpetrators accountable. Head of Commerce at UNI, Mathias Bolton, expressed shock and regret over the violence, standing in solidarity with the victims and urging the government to intervene promptly. Regional Secretary Rajendra Acharya of UNI Asia and Pacific also condemned the act of aggression, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety of union leaders and workers engaging in peaceful protests.

The incident has prompted calls for the government and employers to engage in constructive dialogue with unions to address the legitimate demands of workers, including fair wages, bonuses, and safe working conditions. UNI Global Union has reiterated its unwavering support for the leaders and members of the NSEF and NGWF, as well as all workers in Bangladesh who are striving for justice and dignity in the workplace.

The attack highlights the challenges faced by workers in Bangladesh, who often have to fight for their rights in demanding working environments. The advocacy for Eid bonuses underscores the financial struggles that many workers endure, with bonuses serving as a crucial source of additional income during festive periods. The need for solidarity and support from both the government and employers is paramount to ensure the well-being and rights of workers are protected.

Efforts to address the grievances of workers in Bangladesh are essential for promoting a fair and equitable working environment. By standing together and advocating for their rights, workers can bring about positive change and ensure their voices are heard. The incident in Savar serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by workers in the country, highlighting the importance of unity and collective action in advocating for a safer and more just workplace for all.