RMG workers demand anti-harassment committee at factories

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:48, Feb 07,2020


Garment Shramik Samhati holds a rally at Ashulia in Dhaka on Friday protesting against sexual harassment of garment workers. — New Age photo

Readymade garment workers at a human chain on Friday demanded anti-harassment committees at all apparel factories, to protect women workers from sexual harassment at their workplaces.

Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity organised the human chain in front of Ashulia Press Club at Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, where workers demanded justice for the rape victim garment workers.

BGWS Ashulia unit president Babul Hossain presided over the human chain where BGWS president Taslima Akhter, general secretary Julhasnayeen Babu and a number of apparel workers spoke.

On January 15, a worker of Unique garment factory in Ashulia was raped by the house owner and his cohorts for not paying house rent, and on December 31, another garment worker at Kafrul was raped in Dhaka.

Labour leaders demanded trial in the incidents.

Taslima Akter said that the management of the factories were indifferent to workers safety and security as they use the workers only for their profit making.

She said that most of the factories were yet to form anti-harassment committee even after having High Court order.

She said that the factories were increasing production target everyday which reached an unachievable level.

‘Factories terminate workers when they fail to meet the target, she said.

A report conducted by Karmojibi Nari, in collaboration with International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, published in April, stated that 68 per cent factories did not have any anti-harassment committee while only 4 per cent garment factories have harassment complaint receiver committee.

According to the report about 14 per cent of RMG workers face sexual harassment at their workplaces.

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