The BBC is reporting that most Bangladeshi garment workers are back to work, though they are still unhappy with the meager wage increases. Interestingly, the line taken by the BBC is that the fault lies with the west’s “addiction to cheap fashion.”
The arrogance of the factory owners could not be more nauseating. Abdus Salam Murshedy, President of the BGMEA, said that he could see “smiles on the faces of his workers” as they came back to the factories today. It’s too bad he hasn’t read his Frantz Fanon.
The Bangladeshi High Court ordered the police NOT to torture labor leader Mantu Ghosh, exposing what are certainly ordinary practices for the Bangladeshi police. This, of course, should make one wonder about the fate of the thousands of other laborers who were arrested in the past few days. Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun has already said that she will punish everyone involved in the protests that took place earlier this week.
To add insult to injury and humiliation, the bosses have been able to compel the government to beef up security during the month of Ramadan, because they suspect that the workers will riot. The real reason they are afraid is that they justified the meager wage increases by reducing the annual Eid bonus.