International Partner Organisations

Das NGWF-Team mit Gewerkschafter*innen


National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), Bangladesh

The National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) is the largest union in Bangladesh and has been working for the rights and human dignity of workers in the country's export-oriented garment industry since 1984.

NGWF now has almost 90,000 members, 50,197 of whom are women (as of December 2018). The organisation has offices in Dhaka, Chittagong, Savar and Tongi. President and co-founder Amirul Haque Amin received the International Nuremberg Human Rights Award in 2015 for his efforts. In the event of disasters in the garment industry - for example when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in April 2013 - NGWF organised protest demonstrations and demanded the arrest of the responsible factory owners. NGWF subsequently participated in the drafting of the Accord building and fire protection agreement for Bangladesh. NGWF organizes protests, demonstrations and petitions for fairer wages and occupational safety.

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What we have achieved together with NGWF

  • In total, compensation payments amounting to 4,454,062 Taka - about 49,676.00 Euro - could be obtained for the seamstresses.
  • To this end, 1037 letters of complaint were written and sent to the factory owners, and in 359 cases a complaint was filed with the Labour Court. 130 cases have been successfully resolved so far, and many are still pending.

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