Why Take Action?

On August 13 2010, respected labor rights leaders from the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) were seized in a witch hunt against worker rights advocates and imprisoned on unfounded criminal charges filed by the Nassa Group, a major supplier to U.S. corporations including Wal-Mart, JC Penny, and Sears. These corporations are standing by in the face of aggressive union busting, jailing, death threats, and physical abuse of worker rights advocates. Peaceful labor leaders targeted as “terrorists” and unjustly jailed and beaten for inciting worker unrest include BCWS worker rights advocates Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter.

Bangladesh’s three million garment workers cannot survive on only 20 cents an hour. They are protesting poverty wages and demanding justice. The government has responded by shutting down organizations that stand up for workers’ rights and arresting labor leaders. Production for Walmart, Sears and JC Penney is a cornerstone of Bangladesh’s economy- but instead of providing decent jobs these companies are backing the government’s repression of workers’ basic rights.

As consumers, we have the power to demand that Wal-Mart, JC Penny, and Sears take responsibility and suspend all orders to the Nassa Group until the unfounded criminal charges against Kalpona and Babul are dropped, worker rights advocates are released,  and the abuse stops.

Sign up to take action at Walmart stores and E-mail Walmart, JC Penney and Sears now!

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