This is an excerpt from the AFL-CIO
INTERVIEW: Violence Rises against Bangladeshi Garment Workers
earlier this year of a Bangladeshi union organizer is part of an escalation of attacks on the nation’s 4 million garment workers who seek to change abusive working conditions, says Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (
Akter, who just ended a visit to the United States sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the International Labor Rights Forum (
), worked closely with her BCWS colleague and factory union organizer, Aminul Islam, who was
murdered earlier this year
, his body found beaten and tortured. Islam also was a leader of Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF), As recently as mid-September, Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at tens of thousands of garment workers rallying outside factories in an industrial area near Dhaka.