Week of solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh #WeStandWithGarmentWorkers

During the week of solidarity from 28 January to 3 February we took our concern about labour and human rights violations in Bangladesh to Bangladeshi embassies and consulates in a range of countries, showing that #WeStandWithBangladeshiWorkers. This week was a response to events of the preceding months that increased our concerns about labour rights in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Wage-related protests were met with violent responses and intense repression and long-winding court proceedings around the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh threaten essential progress in the field of factory safety. We kicked off the week of action with a statement and it was followed by demonstrations, online action and protest letters from Hong Kong to Finland and Canada to Switzerland. Also after the week of solidarity we keep on calling for living wages, safe factories, and a halt to repression against garment workers in Bangladesh.

Some media coverage

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Demonstrations:

Berlin (DE)

When: Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 01:00pm
Where: Bangladesh Embassy
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 111
10553 Berlin

Brussels (BE)

When: Thursday, 31 January 2019, 12:00pm
Where: Bangladesh Embassy
Rue Jordaens, 29
1000 Bruxelles
(fr)

Geneva (CH)

When: Thursday, 31 January 2019, 12:00pm
Where: Bangladesh Consulate
Rue de Lausanne 65
1202 Genève

London (UK)

When: Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 12:30pm
Where: Bangladesh High Commission
28 Queens Gate
London, SW7 5JA




Protest letters and other signs of solidarity

Protest letters to Bangladeshi diplomatic representations were sent by CCC members, trade unions and/or other labour organizations in Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Oslo, Ottawa (separate letters by OSSTF/FEESO, PSAC-AFPC), Oulo, Stockholm, Rome, Tampere and were handed over during actions in front of embassies and consulates in Berlin, , , London, New York, The Hague and Washington DC.

Online, supporters shared or found other creative ways to show their solidarity: 



Demonstrations:

Madrid (ES)

When: Friday, 1 February 2019, 12:00 pm
Where: Bangladesh embassy
Calle Manuel Marañón nº-13
28043 Madrid

New York (US)

When: Friday, 1 February 2019, 12:30pm
Where: Bangladesh Consulate
34-18 Northern Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

The Hague (NL)

When: Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 11:30am
Where: Ambassade Bangladesh
Badhuisweg 77
2587 CD Den Haag

Washington DC (US)

When: Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 12:30pm
Where: Bangladesh Embassy
3510 International Dr NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Still want to join in to show your solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh?


You can still take the following actions. How much time do you have to spare?


1 minute options

  • Sign the for workplace safety in Bangladesh. 
  • Share, retweet or repost one of the campaign posts about the week of solidarity on social media ( ).
  • Share your own social media post: I stand with garment workers in Bangladesh #WeStandWithGarmentWorkers #Bangladesh #FreedomSafetyLivingWage.

 

10 minutes options

  • Go through your closet and find a garment made in Bangladesh. Take a picture of the label and post it with the message: I stand with the women and men in Bangladesh that stitched my clothes #WeStandWithGarmentWorkers #Bangladesh #FreedomSafetyLivingWage
  • Make your own sign showing your support for garment workers in Bangladesh and post it on social media using the hashtags: #WeStandWithGarmentWorkers #Bangladesh #FreedomSafetyLivingWage

 

Why the Accord should stay and workers should be free to speak out