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U.S. and British Unions Support Bangladeshi Workers

August 9, 2010  |  Share


In a major act of international solidarity, both the 11 ½ million member AFL-CIO labor federation in the United States and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Britain have released strong statements of solidarity in support of the Bangladeshi garment workers modest demand for a new minimum wage of 35 cents an hour.  If the 3 ½ million mostly women garment workers win their wage increase, it will allow them to climb out of misery and at least into poverty.

AFL-CIO Statement:

TUC Statement:

Wake-Up Wal-Mart has also launched a massive email letter-writing campaign—pressing Wal-Mart to support the Bangladeshi workers modest demand for a 35-cent-an-hour minimum wage.


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UPDATE 8/10/2010: The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has joined in solidarity with the garment workers' campaign for higher wages; “The new minimum wage of 21 US cents per hour is not enough to live on, with workers putting in extremely long hours in difficult working conditions but still unable to make ends meet. It is an absolute disgrace that this industry, worth $12bn a year, treats its workforce with such contempt. The government should stop the harassment of those defending the fundamental rights to a living wage and to union representation, and help push the multinational companies which control the global garment industry to ensure their workers get a fair deal,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

ITUC Statement:


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