Is your favorite clothing brand complicit in the crackdown?

In December, a new minimum wage of 8,000Tk (US$95) a month for Bangladesh’s garment workers went into effect. In protest of the sub-poverty wage – which is half the amount the labor movement had demanded – workers at dozens of factories took the streets in largely peaceful strikes. The government of Bangladesh’s security forces responded violently. They shot one worker dead on the street on his way home during his lunch break and many others sustained injuries at the hands of the police. Over the next two months, 65 workers were arrested with hundreds more facing unsubstantiated charges at the behest of factory owners. As many as 11,600 workers were dismissed without legal justification, most of whom have been unable to find other jobs due to systematic blacklisting.

This is the largest crackdown on workers’ rights in the last two decades of garment production in Bangladesh.

The table below lists apparel brands linked to factories whose managers have filed unsubstantiated cases against workers who demonstrated for higher wages.

Brand

Workers dismissed from factories

Workers facing
charges

Factories
affected

Has the brand required reinstatement or compensation from suppliers?

Has the brand required suppliers to withdraw charges related to the protests?

Has the brand expressed concern to the government & requested dismissal of all charges?

How consumers can take action

497

529

6

No

No

No

Tweet at C&A

Post on C&A’s Facebook

2059

979

11

Some workers have recieved severance payments

Yes

No

Tweet at H&M

Post on H&M’s Facebook


(Inditex)

829

661

6

No

No

No

Tweet at Zara

Post on Zara's Facebook

2031

626

7

No

No

No

Tweet at Mango

Post on Mango’s Facebook

340

149

3

No

No

No

Tweet at Marks & Spencer

Post on Marks & Spencer’s Facebook

 

2499

801

10

Some workers have recieved severance payments

Yes

No

Tweet at Next

Post on Next’s Facebook

427

382

4

Yes

Yes

No

Tweet at Primark

Post on Primark’s Facebook