Statement on the death in Bangladesh of Mr Shahidul Islam

President of the Gazipur branch of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, (BGIWF) died on 25 June 2023.

Statement | Dhaka, Bangladesh | 30 June 2023
The International Labour Organization (ILO) deeply mourns the untimely passing of Mr Shahidul Islam, President of the Gazipur branch of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF), on 25 June 2023.

Mr Islam's dedicated commitment to the welfare and rights of garment workers in Bangladesh has left an enduring impact on the labour movement. His tireless efforts for the betterment of working conditions and the promotion of social dialogue have been recognized and appreciated by his peers and colleagues.

The ILO extends its heartfelt condolences to Mr Islam's family, friends, colleagues, and the entire BGIWF community during this difficult time. We stand in solidarity with them and share their grief and loss.

Mr Shahidul Islam was working to resolve a problem related to unpaid garment sector factory wages prior to Eid holiday, when the incident occurred outside the factory gates. The ILO encourages the authorities to do their utmost to bring those responsible for this crime to justice, and to ensure a peaceful industrial relations environment for workers and employers to engage in joint problem solving.

The ILO recalls that freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are fundamental to a well-functioning industrial relations system. For trade unions and workers to be able to exercise their rights at work, government and social partners need to continue to work together to ensure that an effective mechanism is in place for this to happen.

The ILO reaffirms its commitment to supporting the Bangladesh government, workers' organizations, and employers' associations in their endeavours to uphold workers' rights, improve occupational safety and health standards and foster harmonious industrial relations.