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Social health workers demonstrate in Tamil Nadu; Vietnamese garment workers strike over pay; Qantas baggage handlers protest against job cuts

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26 September 2020

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India: Chennai garbage workers strike; Sri Lankan bank workers protest over contracts; Australian waterfront workers walkout

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19 September 2020

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West Bengal administrative workers strike; Maharashtra nurses hold state-wide protests; private sector nurses strike in New Zealand

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5 September 2020

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Thousands of workers strike at Indian arms factories; Indonesian police attack paper mill workers; South Korean doctors continue strike

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29 August 2020

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Indian social health workers hold two-day national strike; South Korean hospital doctors walkout

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15 August 2020

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COVID-19 infections rapidly spread across Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 1 August 2020

The worsening coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh is a direct result of inadequate public health spending by successive governments.

India: Punjab health workers strike for permanent jobs; Asahi auto glass-making workers strike in Chennai; Woolworths Distribution Centre workers locked out in Australia

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1 August 2020

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Indian health workers protest over COVID-19 treatment discrimination and wages; Western Australian caterers and cleaners strike on offshore gas platforms

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25 July 2020

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Bangladeshi government cracks down on opposition to jute mill privatisation

By Wimal Perera, 21 July 2020

The police arrest of two activists is an attempt to intimidate workers opposing the government’s destruction of thousands of jute mill jobs.

India: Over 40,000 Karnataka health workers begin indefinite state-wide strike; Pakistani doctors protest and Sri Lanka nurses demand overtime pay

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18 July 2020

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4 July 2020

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Indian and Pakistani health workers strike over coronavirus safety; Australia Paper maintenance workers locked out

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27 June 2020

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Over 1,170 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic surges in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 15 June 2020

The Awami League government ignored warnings by medical experts who publicly opposed any lifting of the lockdown.

India-wide protests by military armament and power industry workers; Australian airport workers demand JobKeeper pay

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6 June 2020

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Bangladesh COVID-19 deaths soar past 500

By Rohantha De Silva, 30 May 2020

The death and infection curves are still rising, but the Awami League government is reopening the economy in the interests of big business.

Indian autoworkers strike for COVID-19 safety measures; Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers demonstrate

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30 May 2020

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Cyclone Amphan kills over 90 and devastates wide areas of eastern India and Bangladesh

By Arun Kumar, 22 May 2020

Millions of people have been evacuated from cyclone-hit areas in South Asia, but their relocation into overcrowded temporary shelters place them in real danger of contracting COVID-19.

Growing number of Bangladeshi garment workers infected with COVID-19

By Wimal Perera, 18 May 2020

The government is implementing “herd immunity” policies that could lead to the deaths of tens of thousands.

Thousands of migrant workers demonstrate across India; Tamil Nadu cleaners demand COVID-19 protection

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16 May 2020

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Hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded in Bay of Bengal

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 May 2020

The Rohingya were attempting to reach Malaysia in a bid to escape the appalling conditions in Bangladesh and in the hope of finding work as undocumented labourers.

Workers in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan strike to demand coronavirus-safe working conditions

Workers Struggles: Asia

9 May 2020

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Garment workers’ protests hit Bangladesh industrial belts

By Wimal Perera, 7 May 2020

Bangladesh garment industry bosses are reopening plants, threatening workers’ lives as COVID-19 spreads, in line with the demands of US and European retailers.

Thousands of Assam tea workers demand lockdown wages in India; Protests continue in Bangladesh over wages, factory closures and safety

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2 May 2020

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Garment workers protest in Bangladesh as COVID-19 spreads

By Wimal Perera, 15 April 2020

Employers have shuttered the plants, sacking thousands of workers and refusing to pay outstanding wages.

Tea estate workers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as medical workers in India and Papua New Guinea strike over COVID-19 dangers

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4 April 2020

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Bangladesh: Garment workers strike over safety amid COVID-19 crisis

By Wimal Perera, 1 April 2020

The anger of Bangladeshi factory workers is mounting because they are unable to practice “social distancing” in their plants or during transit.

Pakistan: District government workers strike over unpaid wages; New Zealand plastics workers strike over COVID-19 concerns

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28 March 2020

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21 March 2020

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Bangladesh government downplays COVID-19 threat as job losses mount

By Wimal Perera, 16 March 2020

While the Awami League government is seeking to aid industry owners, workers are bearing the brunt of the health crisis.

Indian primary school teachers demonstrate; Sri Lankan police attack sacked public sector workers

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29 February 2020

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Tamil Nadu public transport workers demonstrate; Sacked Sri Lankan government workers protest; Jetstar baggage handlers on strike in Australia

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22 February 2020

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Folk singers charged for violating Bangladesh’s draconian Digital Security Act

By Wimal Perera, 12 February 2020

In an outrageous attack on democratic rights, Baul singers Rita Dewan and Shariat Sarker face prosecution on bogus claims of “hurting religious sentiments.”

Indian midday-meal workers strike for higher wages; Australian rail workers strike again

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25 January 2020

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Bangladesh prepares to send 100,000 Rohingya refugees to isolated island

By Rohantha De Silva, 23 January 2020

More than 610,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded, prison-like camps surrounded by barbed-wire fences on Cox’s Bazar.

India: Haryana public transport workers strike against outsourcing; Pakistani journalists oppose salary and job cuts

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11 January 2020

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Garbage collectors strike in India’s Maharashtra state capital; military vehicle production workers oppose sackings in Tamil Nadu

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4 January 2020

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Bangladeshi jute mill unions call off workers’ protests

By Wimal Perera, 3 January 2020

The Awami League-led government, aided and abetted by the unions, is determined to impose the privatisation demands of international banks and investors.

Indian auto parts workers demand union rights; Bangladesh cargo workers on indefinite strike; French Polynesia hotel workers expand walkout

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30 November 2019

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Indian Honda contract workers still on strike; West Bengal teachers demand pay rise; maintenance workers take industrial action at Australian paper mill

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16 November 2019

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Honda motorcycle and Kerala state transport workers strike in India; Pakistan health workers oppose privatisation

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9 November 2019

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Bangladesh: Sixteen sentenced to death over brutal murder of student

By Rohantha De Silva, 2 November 2019

The Bangladeshi government is exploiting outrage over the brutal murder of a young woman to step up its law-and-order attacks on democratic rights.

Bangladesh warns UN officials over Rohingya refugees

By Rohantha De Silva, 26 September 2019

The Bangladesh government is determined to relocate Rohingya refugees to an unsafe and remote island in defiance of opposition from the UN and human rights organisations.

Bangladesh: Thousands of families homeless after fire destroys Dhaka shanty homes

By Wimal Perera, 23 August 2019

The disaster highlights the grim situation facing millions of poor people struggling to survive in megacities around the world.

Bangladesh primary school teachers demand government nationalise schools

By Wimal Perera, 5 August 2019

Even if non-government primary schools are taken over by the Hasina government there is no guarantee that teachers and school staff will be regularly paid.

Office workers killed in building fires in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 6 April 2019

Hundreds of residents have been killed or injured in recent years by the regularly occurring fires in the city.

Another devastating fire kills at least 80 in Bangladesh capital

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 22 February 2019

The inferno was fuelled by chemicals stored in the area, despite repeated government promises of crackdowns on building code violations.

Over 7,000 Bangladesh garment workers sacked after wage protests

By Wimal Perera, 8 February 2019

While the garment trade unions publicly bewail the mass sackings and arrests, these organisations have created the political conditions for the crackdown.

Following strike, Bangladesh employers sack hundreds of garment workers

By Rohantha De Silva, 22 January 2019

The workers were not given any warnings and have not been paid outstanding wages and benefits in direct violation of Bangladesh’s limited labour laws.

Bangladesh government oversees police attacks on protesting garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 16 January 2019

The Awami League-led government is seeking to suppress the wages movement with threats, police violence and victimisations.

Worker killed as Bangladesh police attack striking garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 10 January 2019

The re-elected Hasina government is mobilising heavily-armed police to suppress protests by garment workers over wages.

Amid widespread violence, Bangladesh’s ruling party re-elected

By Vimal Perera, 31 December 2018

The opposition parties have condemned the election as “farcical” and demanded a “fresh election under non-partisan administration.”

Bangladesh to relocate Rohingya refugees on remote island

By Rohantha De Silva, 19 December 2018

Nervous about criticism of its plans, the government is attempting to hide information about the new detention facilities and has placed the island under naval control.

Nineteen sentenced to death over 2004 grenade attack in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 20 October 2018

The harsh sentences dovetail with a broader crackdown on political opposition by the Awami League-led government.

Bangladesh garment workers denounce minimum wage offer

By Wimal Perera, 20 September 2018

Four million workers in the profitable garment industry have not had a pay rise since 2013.

Bangladesh jute mill workers demonstrate; Paradip port workers strike in Orissa

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25 August 2018

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Government-backed thugs attack student protests in Bangladesh

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 10 August 2018

Demonstrations involving thousands of teenage students erupted in Dhaka and continued for nine days.

Bangladesh: Police and government thugs attack protesting students and teachers

By Rohantha De Silva, 3 August 2018

The Awami League-led government has encouraged the ruling party’s notoriously violent youth movement to assault demonstrators.

Millions of refugees face harsh conditions across South Asia

By Rohantha De Silva, 13 July 2018

The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.

Bangladesh government intensifies “anti-drug” crackdown

By Wimal Perera, 25 June 2018

The crackdown is being used to target political opponents and suppress the mounting popular opposition to Hasina’s big business policies.

Over 100 killed in Bangladesh “anti-drug” crackdown

By Wimal Perera, 2 June 2018

Hundreds of police and Rapid Action Battalion personnel are being mobilised against slum dwellers.

Rohingya refugees face catastrophe in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 31 May 2018

Despite hypocritical statements of concern by the major world powers, Rohingya are at risk from landslides, floods and epidemics this monsoon season.

Bangladesh students demonstrate over job quota system

By Wimal Perera, 19 May 2018

Protesting students face government repression, severe unemployment and lack of facilities.

Income inequality worsening in Bangladesh

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 1 May 2018

Official statistics contradict World Bank and the Bangladeshi government claims of “remarkable progress in poverty reduction.”

Bangladesh garment workers jailed on bogus attempted murder charges

By Wimal Perera, 9 April 2018

The charges follow a series of provocations against workers at the Ashiana Garments plant, south of Dhaka.

Bangladesh opposition leader jailed for five years on corruption charges

By Rohantha De Silva, 22 February 2018

Prime Minister Sheik Hasina’s Awami League government is trying to bar Khaleda Zia from contesting the December elections.

WSWS call to fight Internet censorship published in Urdu, Bengali, and Telugu

21 February 2018

The US government, in close collaboration with Google, Facebook, and other giant IT corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites.

Bangladeshi teachers end “fast-unto-death”

By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2018

“It is better to die here than return home with empty hands,” said one of thousands of Bangladeshi teachers fighting for a government-paid salary.

India strengthens its relations with Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 November 2017

India is pursuing its geo-political interests, while also acting on behalf of Washington.

Global Hunger Index highlights South Asia’s social misery

By Saman Gunadasa, 3 November 2017

While millions of people lack basic food security, governments are cutting social spending and allocating billions to the military.

Government indifference leads to vast death toll in South Asian floods

By Arun Kumar, 1 September 2017

Despite regular floods and monsoons, governments in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have not implemented any serious measures to protect ordinary people.

Growing concerns in Bangladesh over India-China tensions

By Rohantha De Silva, 28 August 2017

The rivalry between these two nuclear armed countries could develop into a war has far-reaching implications for South Asia and internationally.

Bangladesh finance minister to revise country’s budget

By Wimal Perera, 2 August 2017

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, fearful of the popular opposition to her already discredited government, has intervened and postponed the VAT increase.

Floods devastate Bangladesh and parts of India, killing more than 185

By Rohantha De Silva, 26 June 2017

Those most affected are the rural poor, low-wage workers and rickshaw pullers living in flood- and landslide-prone areas, where living costs are relatively low.

Four years since the Rana Plaza disaster

Bangladesh apparel workers still confront appalling conditions

By Sarath Kumara, 13 June 2017

Four years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, garment workers continue to labour in unsafe conditions for very low wages.

India strengthens defence ties with Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 18 April 2017

The Indian government, in line with US geo-strategic manoeuvres, is attempting to reduce Bangladesh’s military and economic reliance on China.

Bangladesh government continues repression against garment workers

By Sarath Kumara, 3 March 2017

Although some detained labour activists have been released, several workers are still in custody and the authorities are continuing to press unsubstantiated charges.

Bangladesh government continues repression of apparel workers

By Sarath Kumara, 4 February 2017

International retail corporations are concerned that the government’s actions will spark industrial struggles and impact on investor profits.

Bangladesh government opens apparel factory in prison

By Rohantha De Silva and Wimal Perera, 30 January 2017

The new prison factory will be used to lower wages and worsen conditions throughout the garment industry.

Government and employers attack striking apparel workers in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2017

The repression is aimed at preventing a broader eruption by workers against their appalling living and working conditions.

Indian defence minister visits Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 8 December 2016

The visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting China’s influence.

Chinese president’s visit to Bangladesh highlights growing rivalry in South Asia

By Sarath Kumara, 5 November 2016

Xi’s trip was aimed at countering the efforts of India, backed by the US, to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh.

Death toll rises in Bangladesh factory fire

By Sarath Kumara, 16 September 2016

The Tampaco Foils disaster highlights the unsafe conditions and shoddy construction for which Bangladesh is now notorious.

Rana Plaza disaster case postponed in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 3 September 2016

The court delay further underscores the indifference of all sections of the ruling elite for the plight of garment workers.

Dhaka hostage crisis ends in a violent military assault

By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 July 2016

Whoever the perpetrators of Dhaka hostage-taking, this type of terrorism has been fomented by the US-led wars in the Middle East.

010 Bangladesh attack/hostage situation

2 July 2016

Bangladesh police arrests thousands in “anti-terror” operation

By Sarath Kumara, 25 June 2016

The Hasina government ordered the mass roundup of so-called terror suspects in response to international pressure, particularly from the US and India.

Chinese defence minister seeks to boost ties with Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 16 June 2016

In line with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, India and Japan are attempting to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh and throughout the region.

Indian power deal with Bangladesh highlights geo-political rivalry

By Sarath Kumara, 5 March 2016

Intense competition over infrastructure projects in Bangladesh shows that every country is being drawn into the maelstrom of war tensions created by the US drive against China.

Bangladesh tea estate workers oppose government’s land seizures

By Wimal Perera, 9 February 2016

The government wants the land in order to expand the number of cheap labour Economic Zones.

Bangladeshi government executes two opposition leaders

By Sarath Kumara, 23 November 2015

The Awami League-led government revived the 1971 charges as a means of diverting working class and student discontent.

Bangladeshi government confronts rising popular discontent

By Wimal Perera, 25 September 2015

The Awami League-led government’s imposition of austerity measures is provoking unrest among students, teachers and workers.

Japan competes with China over port investment in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015

In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.

Bangladesh budget: More concessions to investors, increased austerity for poor

By Wimal Perera, 23 June 2015

The Awami League-led government’s attempts to create more profitable conditions for business are deepening the attacks on the living conditions of the workers and poor.

Indian prime minister visits Bangladesh to strengthen ties against China

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2015

Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart declared that bilateral relations had entered a new phase.

Two years since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 5 May 2015

The brutal exploitation of Bangladeshi workers continues as profit-hungry global retailers demand lower-cost goods.

New Zealand shared intelligence with Bangladesh’s repressive agencies

By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.

Political turmoil continues in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 15 April 2015

Nothing has been resolved in the protracted confrontation between the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP).

Six dead in Bangladesh factory collapse

By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2015

Nearly two years after the Rana Plaza disaster claimed more than 1,120 lives, shoddy and unsafe building standards remain the norm in Bangladesh.

Mounting anger over Bangladeshi ferry disasters

By Wimal Perera, 9 March 2015

Ferry owners maximise their profits by violating safety rules and regulations in league with government authorities at the expense of passengers’ lives.

Bangladesh plastics factory fire kills 13 workers

By John Lucas, 3 February 2015

An exploding gas cylinder is believed to have sparked a fatal fire in one of Dhaka’s many illegal factories.