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Brands under Pressure Over Bangladesh Labour Crackdown

Update : 21 Dec 2023, 19:09

Bangladeshi union leader Babul Hossain over a little month ago was arrested, picked up for charges of vandalism and assault levelled in a police complaint that included more than 1,000 unnamed individuals.

Hossain, his family and other union members have all testified he wasn’t in the area when the alleged incident took place and claim his arrest is politically motivated, according to testimony gathered by labour rights monitoring organisation Worker Rights Consortium last month.

He’s one of more than 100 garment workers and labour advocates jailed in Bangladesh between October and November, according to the WRC, as mass demonstrations over wage levels were met with threats and violence. Many, including Hossain, are still in jail.

The situation in the country is ratcheting up scrutiny on Western brands that have committed to protect freedom of association for workers in their supply chain and say they support higher wages.

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