Two Million Bangladesh Women Need Our Help

June 15, 2010

Dear Friends,

Seven hundred and fifty of us have already signed the letter to Wal-Mart and the Bangladesh government supporting the garment workers’ demands for a $0.43 an hour minimum wage. The powerful and very wealthy Bangladesh factory owners are proposing a new minimum wage of just $0.14 an hour!! This is a starvation wage. We cannot let them get away with this. We can help the more than two million young women garment workers win their dignity with a $0.43 an hour wage.

Please read the attached interview with 18-year-old Ms. Shona K, who has been working in the garment factories since she was 15. She works 14 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week. She also works a 19 hour shift at least twice a week. Shoma is at the factory 110 hours a week, and gets just one day off every two or three months. Yet she lives in misery! It doesn’t have to be this way. Please read the interview with Shoma; if you have any questions, send them to us and we’ll get them to her.

Tell your family, friends and colleagues. Spread the word. Sign the petition. We can help some of the poorest workers anywhere in the world win justice. Your solidarity will only take a second- but together we can have an enormous impact!

:Interview with 18-year-old garment worker.

Sign Joint Letter supporting wage increase to 43 cents an hour for Bangladeshi garment workers

Read June 9 Alert regarding the Minimum Wage in Bangladesh