Arrested Overnight in Bangladesh: Wal-Mart Allows Repression of Worker Rights Advocates

kalpona_largerUpdate: New York Times reports on arrests and worker protests to raise minimum wage

At 2:00am last night in Bangladesh, Kalpona Akter was arrested by 20 police and taken away.  Just months ago, Kalpona sat with USAS members at our Midwest Regional Conference speaking about her important work as a garment worker and a labor organizer with the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS).

Wal-Mart is allowing severe repression of worker rights advocates in Bangladesh like Kalpona and others of the BCWS.  Wal-Mart, Bangladesh’s largest customer, is sitting by in the face of aggressive union busting, violent government repression, and the filing of criminal charges against labor rights advocates by Wal-Mart’s major Bangladeshi supplier, the Nassa Group.  Those targeted as “terrorists” for inciting worker unrest include USAS’s allies at the BCWS like Kalpona.  Take action and forward this link to your friends!