NATIONAL GARMENT WORKERS FEDERATION (NGWF)

Overview

The National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) is a registered countrywide trade union federation of garment workers in Bangladesh. NGWF is the biggest and strongest federation in the garment sector. It was founded in 1984. Its central office is in Dhaka metropolitan city. There are 10 other branch offices of NGWF in other 11 garments industrial zones--Chittagong, Saver, Ashulia, Mirpur, Gazipur, Konabari, Kashimpur, Narayangonj, Mirzapur, Tangail & Valuka. 61 registered factory unions are affiliated with the NGWF. The federations also have 1255 factory committee. Total membership of the federation is 78,000. There are female member’s numbers 44,750 and Male 33,250. 18 full time and 14 pert-time organizers of the NGWF. Among the 30 central executives of the NGWF, 17 including the General Secretary, two Vice-Presidents and Treasurer are woman. Members of the federation elect the Central Executive Committee. Election held biannually. Main financial source of the federation is subscription of its members. Various activities of this Federation also accomplished in partnership with democratic trade unions, woman organizations, NGOs and development organizations. NGWF is the initiator and one of member organization of Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (an umbrella organization of 10 garment workers federation). NGWF is also one of the member organizations of conciliation cum arbitration committee (A joint body of 8 registered garment workers federations and BGMEA for conciliation and arbitration). It is affiliated with IndustriALL and Accord on fire and building safely. National Garment Workers Federation is being involved with all important movements of garment workers including several strikes since 1984.