Garment Workers Trade Union Center
Garment Workers Trade Union Center, Established in 1994 GWTUC is the biggest Trade Union in the garment sector fighting in the forefront of the struggle for the interest of workers, for their rights and better living and working conditions. The Center unites all workers irrespective of their political orientation, religion, ethnicity, caste, creed,or gender. Since overwhelming number of garment workers are women it gives special priority to women’s participation and empowerment. It is a democratic, fighting and constructive trade union committed to build up a healthy trade union movement in the interest of workers, industry and all round development in harmony with nature.
There are about 40 million workers in the garment sector, more than 80% being women. Garment industry started developing in Bangladesh in the 1980′s.Presently BGMEA and BKMEA both owners associations have member factories numbering 4,882 and 1,870 member factories respectively. Number of employers little more than 5,000. The garment sector contributes 10 to 11% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is the biggest export earner.