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RMG workers strike back

Update : 27 Apr 2013, 04:00 AM

While we do not condone violence, under any circumstance, however, we do understand the reasons behind the RMG workers taking to the streets and vandalising vehicles to protest the gross injustices done to them.

Bear in mind, this is a large group of incredibly powerless people who have been pushed beyond their limits. This is a marginalised group of RMG workers who strongly feel they are left with no choice but to protest, and their anger is palpable.

Consider the Tazreen Fashion factory fire in November last year, when RMG workers were prevented from leaving and ordered to keep working, while a fire raged through the building, trapping them within. For that matter, consider Savar’s Rana Plaza collapse, where RMG workers were threatened with the loss of their jobs if they did not return to work the next day, even if the building was about to collapse.

These workers are expected to be at the beck and call of the garments factory owners, and to give their blood, sweat, tears, and even lives for a few measly takas. They are expected to labour under horrendous conditions in buildings that are arguably death traps. Yet, rather than be recognised for their work, and seen as human beings, their lives are mere playthings to the factory owners.

In looking at the larger picture, though their methods may be seen as questionable, their motives are undoubtedly pure. These people have been used and abused, and will no longer take the abuse lying down.  

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