[act-ma] Rally and Picket for Bangladesh Workers at Fanueil Hall GAP Store
lituk at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 12 19:56:01 PDT 2013
Rally and Picket
June 15 12:00 Noon
Fanueil Hall GAP Store
Join us in solidarity with Bangladeshi workers who are struggling for decent conditions and a union rights!
We will gather at the statue in front of Faneuil Hall at 12:00 and then march on the gap to deliver the letter to demand:
Safe and secure workplaces for all—to be verified by the representatives of the workers’ themselves. We call for the GAP and other retailers to sign on to the independent “Fire and Safety Agreement” (not their sham substitute agreement with Wal-Mart) as a step towards creating a means for inspecting factory facilities and a structure of accountability for corporations doing business in Bangladesh.
An end to employer practices of chaining factory doors, locking workers inside. Many workers have died in recent factory fires, not only because the factory conditions themselves have been fire-prone, but because after fires have broken out, they could not escape. Human lives should be put ahead of employer desires for total control.
Adequate, immediate, dignified compensation for factory disaster victims and their families. Reparations should be paid to the workers of Rana and Tazreen by those corporations that have profited from production in Dhaka factories.
Full respect for workers’ rights to association, organization, and public assembly. Protesting or striking workers should not be subjected to violent attacks by hired goons or police. Forming unions is a human right!
A livable global minimum wage for all garment workers. The capitalist industries that are exploiting these workers are a globalized power, seeking to pit one people against another, across national lines. Our resistance to exploitation must be as international as capital is.
Full disclosure from GAP management of the specific factories where its garments are being made (with this information to be updated on an ongoing basis). Only by confirming the location of GAP production can customers become informed about the working conditions that go into producing the clothes that appear on GAP shelves.
http://www.bangladeshworkerssolidaritynetwork.org , on Facebook, email at WorkersNov25 at gmail.com
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