Workers’ Rights Leader Amirul Haque Amin Attacked During Peaceful Protest in Bangladesh, UNI Global Union Demands Justice

Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh – A recent incident of violence has sparked outrage as Brother Amirul Haque Amin, General Secretary of the National Shop Employees Federation (NSEF) and President of the National Garments Workers Federation (NGWF), was brutally attacked alongside his supporters during a peaceful demonstration in Savar on March 29, 2024. The protesters were advocating for Eid bonuses for garment and shop workers in Bangladesh when they were targeted by a violent group, resulting in injuries to 20 supporters.

Mathias Bolton, Head of Commerce at UNI, expressed shock and regret over the attack on Brother Amin and other leaders and protesters during their peaceful demonstration. Bolton emphasized the importance of solidarity with the victims and urged the government to swiftly hold the perpetrators accountable. He called for a dialogue between the government, employers, and unions to address the legitimate demands of workers.

Rajendra Acharya, Regional Secretary of UNI Asia and Pacific, condemned the violent act and called upon the government of Bangladesh to take immediate action to ensure justice for the attackers. Acharya stressed the necessity of protecting the safety and security of union leaders and workers who exercise their right to peaceful protest. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of engaging in constructive dialogue with unions to address workers’ demands for fair wages, bonuses, and safe working conditions.

UNI Global Union reiterated its steadfast support for the leaders and members of the National Shop Employees Federation and the National Garments Workers Federation, as well as all workers in Bangladesh. The organization stands with them in their continued pursuit of justice and dignity in the workplace.

The incident in Savar highlights the ongoing challenges faced by workers in Bangladesh and the importance of upholding the rights of individuals to peacefully demonstrate and demand fair treatment. It underscores the need for collaboration between government, employers, and unions to create a conducive environment for addressing workers’ concerns and ensuring their well-being in the workplace. The international community must also remain vigilant in supporting efforts to promote labor rights and protect workers from violence and exploitation.

In the face of adversity, solidarity among workers and advocates for labor rights remains crucial in driving positive change and fostering a more equitable and just working environment for all individuals in Bangladesh and beyond. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of standing united against injustice and fighting for the rights and dignity of workers worldwide.