Violent Attack on Labor Leader in Bangladesh Sparks Outcry from UNI Global Union

Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh – In a disturbing incident on March 29, 2024, Brother Amirul Haque Amin, General Secretary 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 protest demanding Eid bonuses for garment and shop workers in Bangladesh. The violent assault resulted in injuries to 20 supporters.

UNI Global Union has strongly criticized the attack on Brother Amin and other leaders and protesters, emphasizing the importance of holding the perpetrators accountable. Mathias Bolton, Head of Commerce at UNI, expressed shock and disappointment over the incident, calling for swift action by the government to address this act of violence. He stressed the need for dialogue between the government, employers, and unions to address the legitimate demands of workers.

Rajendra Acharya, Regional Secretary of UNI Asia and Pacific, echoed similar sentiments, condemning the violence and urging the government of Bangladesh to swiftly apprehend those responsible. He emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety of union leaders and workers exercising their right to peaceful protest, as well as engaging in meaningful discussions with unions to address workers’ concerns, including fair wages and safe working conditions.

UNI Global Union reaffirmed its unwavering support for the leaders and members of the National Shop Employees Federation and the National Garments Workers Federation, standing in solidarity with all workers in Bangladesh in their pursuit of justice and dignity in the workplace. The incident underscores the challenges faced by workers in advocating for their rights and the importance of upholding their right to peaceful protest within a safe and secure environment.

Moving forward, it will be crucial for the government, employers, and unions to work together to address the systemic issues facing workers in Bangladesh, including ensuring fair compensation, bonuses, and safe working conditions. By fostering constructive dialogue and collaboration, all stakeholders can create a more conducive environment for workers to voice their concerns and advocate for their rights without fear of reprisal or violence. This incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by workers in not just Bangladesh but around the world, highlighting the need for continued advocacy and support for labor rights and worker empowerment.