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

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

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

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

16 November 2019

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

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.

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.

Massive power outage in Bangladesh

By W.A. Sunil, 5 November 2014

A fault at a transmission station on Saturday left the entire country without power for 12 hours.

Death sentence for Bangladesh Islamic leader commuted

By Sarath Kumara, 3 October 2014

The ruling is in line with the Hasina government’s manoeuvres against the opposition Bangladesh National Party and other political rivals.

Bangladesh Tuba garment workers confronted by plant closures

By Wimal Perera, 27 August 2014

In order to close down the factories and evade his outstanding liabilities to workers, the owner invoked the 2006 Bangladesh Labour Act.

Bangladesh’s government mobilises police to attack striking garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 14 August 2014

The government’s response revealed concerns in ruling circles that the Tuba workers’ struggle could become a rallying point for all garment workers.

Bangladesh jute workers oppose government’s privatisation drive

By Wimal Perera, 24 July 2014

The jute mill protests point to rising class battles amid the deepening impact of the post-2008 global recession.

Bangladesh ferry sinks killing at least 54

By Wimal Perera, 22 May 2014

Successive governments have failed to end dangerous overcrowding and the flouting of other safety regulations by ferry owners.

India: Modi reiterates pledge to expel “Bangladeshi” Muslims in wake of communal massacre

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 May 2014

In the wake of the communal massacre of more than three dozen Muslims in Assam, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has amplified his communally-charged denunciations of Bangladeshi Muslim migrants.

One year after Rana Plaza collapse

Bangladesh garment workers still face dangerous conditions

By Sarath Kumara, 4 April 2014

A limited investigation shows that many garment factories are structurally unsound and lack basic fire protections.

Bangladeshi government appeals for military backing

By Sarath Kumara, 15 February 2014

The government’s immediate target is the official opposition, but its main concern is rising discontent in the working class.

Bangladesh election impasse heightens amid geo-political tensions

By Sarath Kumara, 23 January 2014

The longstanding rivalry between the ruling Awami League and BNP is now intersecting with mounting tensions between the US and China.

An exchange with the Bangladeshi ambassador to the US

By K. Ratnayake, 17 January 2014

The WSWS replies to criticisms by Bangladesh’s ambassador of an article detailing the plight of the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Sham election deepens Bangladesh political crisis

By K. Ratnayake, 7 January 2014

The election was marked by a low turnout of 25 percent, police violence and clashes between the two main rival parties.

Victims of Bangladesh building collapse neglected

By Wimal Perera, 3 January 2014

Many of the families have spent their limited compensation, leaving them in a desperate situation.

Bangladeshi government cracks down on opposition protests

By Wimal Perera, 30 December 2013

Opposition parties are boycotting the January 5 national election and demanding a caretaker government to conduct the ballot.

Islamist political leader executed in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 21 December 2013

The government is cynically exploiting the issue of “war crimes” in the lead up to elections to divert public attention from its record in office.

Mass conviction of 2009 Bangladesh mutineers

By Sarath Kumara, 20 November 2013

The trial has been widely condemned by international legal and human rights organisations.

Protests intensify in Bangladesh after police kill two garment workers

By Sarath Kumara, 20 November 2013

The Awami League government’s offer of a smaller wage rise backfired as thousands of workers demonstrated over the police shootings.

Bangladesh government suppresses opposition protests

By Wimal Perera, 30 October 2013

At least 15 people have been killed and more than 100 injured since Friday in violent clashes with police.

Bangladesh garment workers strike for higher wages

By Sarath Kumara, 28 September 2013

Police used rubber bullets and tear gas against striking workers who had blocked roads and highways part of their protest.

Bangladeshi court bans Islamic party from elections

By Sarath Kumara, 14 August 2013

The electoral ban has nothing to do with opposing religious fundamentalism, defending democratic rights or promoting secularism.

Bangladeshi police attack protesting garment workers

By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2013

Police shot guns, fired tear gas and used batons to break up a protest by survivors of the April 24 Rana Plaza building collapse.

Sham “safety” deal on Bangladesh garment factories

By Sarath Kumara, 30 May 2013

Major European retailers have signed an Accord with global unions that will do nothing to end the unsafe conditions that led to last month’s tragic building collapse.

Bangladeshi police attack garment workers’ protest

By K. Ratnayake, 21 May 2013

Police fired rubber bullets at tens of thousands of workers demanding higher wages and protesting the April 24 garment factory collapse that killed 1,127 workers.

Anger mounts as death toll exceeds 1,100 in Bangladesh building collapse

By Sarath Kumara, 14 May 2013

Every aspect of the tragedy has underscored the culpability of the major retail corporates, as well as the complicity of the Bangladesh government and the country’s garment manufacturers.

Death toll in Bangladesh factory collapse reaches 950

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 10 May 2013

The authorities’ main concern is to downplay the rapidly rising casualty figures in the textile factory collapse, to cover up the scale of the disaster.

Global corporations and the Bangladesh building collapse

By Peter Symonds, 8 May 2013

The world’s retailing giants are engaged in a cynical PR exercise to distance themselves from the tragedy that has taken the lives of more than 700 people.

Bangladesh building disaster death toll nears 700

By Sarath Kumara, 7 May 2013

Despite this unprecedented tragedy, the main concern of the government and international retailers is how to continue business as usual.

Bangladeshi government ends rescue operations in collapsed building

By Sarath Kumara, 1 May 2013

The government has ignored pleas from the relatives of victims who are still hoping that survivors will be found.

Bangladesh: Death toll nears 400 in building collapse

By Sarath Kumara, 29 April 2013

The total number of deaths may never be known in one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

The Bangladesh factory collapse and the drive for profit

By K. Ratnayake, 27 April 2013

The tragedy is one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, but it will not be the last, as global corporations sacrifice workers’ safety to the requirements of profit.

Mass protests erupt in Bangladesh over factory collapse

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 April 2013

Hundreds of thousands of garment workers marched out of their factories yesterday, compelling plant owners to declare a day’s “holiday”.

Huge death toll in Bangladesh factory collapse

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 25 April 2013

At least 149 workers were confirmed dead as of Thursday morning, but the figure is likely to rise as more bodies are recovered.

Bangladesh National Party heightens confrontation with the government

By Sarath Kumara, 1 April 2013

Violent clashes between the Awami League (AL)-led government and the right-wing, Islamist-aligned opposition are continuing in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh government continues repression against opposition

By Wimal Perera, 27 March 2013

The masses have become increasingly alienated from the Awami League-led government, because of its failure to solve any aspect of the social crisis.