Global trade unions’ campaign about labour repression baseless: BGMEA

Dhaka Apparel Summit starts Feb 25

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:28, Feb 19,2017 | Updated: 23:30, Feb 19,2017


Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Siddiqur Rahman poses for a photograph along with others in front of a logo of the Dhaka Apparel Summit-2017 at a press conference held at the BGMEA headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association on Sunday claimed that there was no labour repression in Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector and the campaign of global trade unions against union repression was baseless.
‘We are not worried about what the global trade unions are saying over the labour issue and no global buyer has informed us officially that it would not join the apparel summit,’ BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman said at a press conference on Dhaka Apparel Summit at the headquarters of the trade body in the city.
Recently, IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union in a joint press release said that the ‘leading garment brands, including H&M, Inditex, C&A and Tchibo, had said that they would not attend the Apparel Summit in Dhaka on February 25, citing the current climate of repression against unions as incompatible with activities to promote the industry.
Replying to a question, the BGMEA president said that the propaganda of international media over the labour repression in Bangladesh would not affect Dhaka Apparel Summit as the foreign reporters, who were making report on Bangladeshi RMG industry, were not aware of the ground reality.
‘You, the Bangladeshi journalists are not making any reports on labour and union repression in RMG sector as you know well what is happening in the industry,’ Siddiqur said.
Suggesting journalists to wait until February 25, the BGMEA president asked them to come to the summit and see who attended and who did not.
Siddiqur said it was expected that prime minister Sheikh Hasina would inaugurate the Dhaka
Apparel Summit-2017 at Hotel Sonargaon in the capital. The theme of this year’s moot will be ‘Together For a Better Tomorrow’.
There will be three knowledge sessions in the summit – ‘Business Policy and Environment : Towards A Better Bangladesh,’ ‘Collaborative and Responsible Sourcing for Sustainable Growth,’ and ‘Bangladesh Apparel Industry : Transformation and the Road ahead’.
Policy makers, academicians, labour leaders and the representatives of western civil society will attend the sessions, the BGMEA president said.
The BGMEA senior vice president Faruqe Hassan, vice presidents SM Mannan Kochi, Mohammed Nasir and Mahmud Hassan Khan Babu were present at the press conference.
The BGMEA is organising the Dhaka Apparel Summit-2017 in partnership with Bangladesh Apparel Exchange. 

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