MNA Business Desk: Leading fashion brands including H&M and Zara will boycott a key industry conference in Bangladesh in support of garment workers who have been sacked, hunted or jailed for participating in wage strikes, the companies said on Wednesday.
H&M, C&A, Tchibo and Inditex which owns Zara — all top clients of Bangladesh’s $30-billion garment industry — have pulled out of the Dhaka Apparel Summit, the signature annual event in the global textile hub, scheduled for Saturday.
The move follows strikes in December when tens of thousands of garment workers in the industrial town of Ashualia staged mass protests demanding a three-fold hike in pay, which can run as low as $68 a month.
Dutch clothing brand C&A said, ‘C&A together with other apparel brands, including H&M and Inditex decided not to participate in the BGMEA Dhaka Apparel Summit.’
The summit is hosted by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), an industry body that represents the country’s 4,500 clothing factories, and features Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as its keynote speaker.