The minimum wage in Bangladesh’s garment industry is equal to just US$67 a month. The cost of living is rising, and workers are struggling to survive. In December, with no other route for raising their frustrations and demands, factory workers held peaceful walk-outs and demonstrations for a higher wage. Instead of agreeing to pay a living wage, or even to bring forward a wage review, factory owners brought unsubstantiated criminal charges against dozens of labour leaders and garment workers. At least 24 activists and workers have been arrested and are being held in police custody where they have been denied bail. Over 1,500 workers have been reportedly dismissed from their jobs and potentially blacklisted from future garment work.
Please sign the petition to call on brands whose clothes are made at the factories behind the complaints to take immediate action for the dismissal of the falsified charges and the release of the jailed activists and workers. This petition will be delivered to H&M, Gap, C&A, Inditex (owns Zara), and VF (owns 30 brands including North Face, Jansport, and Lee). These brands source from the factories pressing the charges.