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World Trade Union Federation-Bangladesh Demands to enact laws for workers in all sectors, declare national minimum wages, ensure social security and free trade union rights for working people.

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On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the World Trade Union Federation, the World Trade Union Federation as part of the World Trade Union Committee’s “Action Day” on October 3 under the slogan “United Workers ‘and Workers’ Struggle Against Dictatorship and Imperialism Continue: Exploitation-Free, Social Justice-Rich World Average”. A discussion meeting was held on 3 October 2020 at 3:30 pm at the  Feni Samiti auditorium in Dhaka following the hygiene rules. Quamrul Ahsan, coordinator of the World Trade Union Federation Bangladesh Committee and president of the National Workers Federation, read out the declaration at a discussion meeting Shahidullah Chowdhury, president of the Bangladesh Trade Union Center, chaired by Mezbah Uddin Ahmed, president of the National Workers Alliance. , Nomanuzzaman Al Azad, Secretary General of the Government Employees Coordinating Council. Vice President of Bangladesh Trade Union Center Abul Kalam Azad, Organizing secretary of Socialist Workers Front Khalequzzaman Lipon, Vice President of National Workers Alliance Abdul Wahed and others were present. The meeting was conducted by Ahsan Habib Bulbul, General Secretary of the Socialist Workers Front,

The leaders at the conference said that the oppression of the working class in the imperialist world system has been exacerbated by the Corona epidemic. The field of employment has shrunk, unemployment has risen alarmingly, the economic misery of the workers has multiplied. But as a result of capitalist exploitation, the profits of corporate capital have also increased tremendously. As a result, corona has increased inequality worldwide. The protection of workers in labor laws, including wage and job security, which was achieved through a long struggle, is being revived worldwide. The whole world is now a victim of capitalist aggression. The tyranny of multinational corporations has crossed the line. They are desperate to monopolize profits. Intoxicated with profit, they are intoxicated with the destruction of world nature and environment. This reality has proved that only a class-conscious trade union movement can lead the working class out of misery.

The leaders said that even in Bangladesh, the workers did not get the benefits of the coroner’s excuse. Instead, the employers incentives to lay off workers in the garment and leather industries, non-payment of wages on time, low wages

It has deprived the workers in many ways. Workers in the informal sector, including road and shipping, transport, tourism, hotels, restaurants, etc., have lived in extreme misery. They have been forced to work at the risk of their lives to save lives. Although the production and economy of the country is active in their labor, the life of the workers has become miserable. The salaries of the employees are being reduced. In the name of outsourcing, the job security of the workers has been taken away. The state’s moral responsibility to create new jobs during the Corona crisis is when the current government, bureaucrats and policy makers, who are the representatives of decaying capitalism, blame state workers for corruption, mismanagement and waste, shut down state jute mills, and close sugar mills. In the past, state-owned factories were handed over to individuals on the pretext of losses, on the advice of the World Bank and the IMF, leading to looting but to no avail to the state or its people. The leaders condemned this irresponsible behavior of the state and demanded modernization of state-owned jute mills, not closure or transfer to private ownership. The leaders demanded protection of migrant workers, rehabilitation of workers who lost their jobs due to coronation, taking effective steps to remove uncertainty in return to work, enacting laws for workers in all sectors, declaring national minimum wage, making a list of all working people. There is no substitute for the unity of class-conscious trade union organizations to build a strong movement to protect workers’ rights in accordance with internationally declared policies and ILO conventions, including ensuring protection, and to demand the repeal of all anti-labor laws in labor laws and regulations.

Blow Attached the Call of WFTU- Bangladesh Committee

 

October 3, 2020 Action Day announced

— 75 years of honor, dignity and glory —–

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the World Trade Union Federation. In October 1945, the day after the end of World War II, progressive workers ‘representatives from various countries formed the World Trade Union Federation at the Palais de Challiot in Paris, demanding the realization of workers’ basic human rights and the establishment of world peace, not war or destruction. The decision taken by this largest international gathering of workers that day will be indelibly remembered in the history of the world labor movement. Following this long path of 75 years, the World Trade Union Federation has at the same time continued its unwavering policy of unity, classification, and internationalism in defending the interests of workers and has completed 75 years with dignity and respect. Today, We respectfully remember the memory of those who have contributed to building this organization as a class-conscious, dignified fighting organization by going through many ups and downs. The World Trade Union Federation, which represents 98 million workers in 128 countries, will continue to play its role in protecting the rights and interests of oppressed working people worldwide.

The goal that the World Trade Union Federation embarked on 75 years ago is even more relevant today. The oppression of the working class in the imperialist world system has been exacerbated by the Corona epidemic. The field of employment has shrunk, unemployment has risen alarmingly, the economic plight of the workers has multiplied. But as a result of capitalist exploitation, the profits of corporate capital have also increased tremendously. As a result, corona has increased inequality worldwide. The protection of workers in labor laws, including wage and job security, which was achieved through a long struggle, is being revived worldwide. The whole world is now a victim of capitalist aggression. The tyranny of multinational corporations has crossed the line. They are desperate to monopolize profits. Intoxicated with profit, they are intoxicated with the destruction of world nature and environment.

Only a class-conscious trade union movement can lead the working class out of misery. Today it is time to unite the trade union movement that has developed in the countries of the world against the imperialist exploitation and aggression of corporate capital. Today, it is imperative to build a global class-conscious trade union movement against the imperialist world order.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the World Trade Union Federation. The Corona epidemic has paralyzed our world; Bangladesh is no exception. Changes are taking place in the social, economic and family spheres in the country. Cavid-19 is not only taking away our sick and lives, it has had a negative impact on our society, our livelihood and the economy as a whole. The hardest hit are the working people. Low-income people employed in the unorganized sector are in crisis. Cavid-19 has pushed the lives and livelihoods of the workers into uncertainty; Unemployed, they are in deep uncertainty. The victims of COVID-19 are a wide range of oppressed people, including workers, peasants and the working class; Not the rich class and exploiters.

Corona’s excuse is that the benefits that the owners of Bangladesh have taken from the state have not reached the workers. On the contrary, it has deprived the workers in various ways including retrenchment of workers in the garments and leather industry, non-payment of wages on time, low wages. Road and shipping transport workers, hotel-restaurant, informal sector workers have lived in extreme misery. They have been forced to work at the risk of their lives to save lives. Although the production and economy of the country is active in their labor, the life of the workers has become miserable. Bank insurance is about to close. The salaries of the employees are being reduced. During this crisis, the state jute mills have been shut down by blaming the workers for corruption, mismanagement and waste, and the process of closing down the sugar mills is underway. In the past too, state-owned factories were handed over to individuals on the pretext of losses, resulting in looting but to no avail to the state or the people of the country. Although the owners have benefited from the advice of the World Bank and the IMF, there is no precedent that has benefited the people of any country. We protest from this meeting that all the whims of the employers have been fulfilled during the Corona period but the necessary measures have not been taken to protect the jobs, wages and livelihood of the workers. We are demanding the protection of workers in the informal sector. The meeting is protesting against the move to deprive workers of job security in the name of outsourcing and is demanding its cancellation. There is no such thing as wage protection for workers. The meeting demanded the enactment of laws for workers in all sectors and the declaration of a national minimum wage. The protection of migrant workers, the return of those who lost their jobs due to coronation, and the return to work are demanding effective measures to remove the uncertainty. The meeting called for the protection of workers’ rights under the internationally declared policy, the ILO Convention. Labor laws and regulations demand the repeal of all anti-labor laws.

The meeting thinks that in the present situation, if we can build a strong and united conscious international solidarity of workers to fight the capitalist class and the epidemic of Covid-19, then we will be able to achieve victory. Now is the time to increase class power and to make the working people, aware of the rights of the working people struggling against the exploitation of capital and imperialist war, aware of their right to a decent living.

On this occasion, we call on all allies, supporters and TUIs of the World Trade Union Federation to work for greater international solidarity and for the fight against imperialism, peace and friendship, as well as for the protection of nature and the environment and for better health and life.

We believe that class-conscious trade unions will be able to thwart all attempts to limit trade union rights and freedoms through strategic struggle. Let us reinforce the slogan of the 75th anniversary of the World Trade Union Federation, the united struggle of workers and people against monopoly and imperialism: building a world free of exploitation, social justice and beyond. The labor movement in Bangladesh is carrying on its tradition and is expressing its determination to continue the struggle against all the systems that deprive the workers of their interests and the international workers’ solidarity.

Be one of the workers of the world

Strengthen the international solidarity of the working class

Long live the World Trade Union Federation

World Trade Union Federation-Bangladesh Committee

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