Tuba workers reject BGMEA’s proposal, announce fresh programme

New Age Online

The workers of Tuba Group, who are on hunger strike for past five days, on Friday announced fresh programmes rejecting the proposals of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
The workers announced the fresh programme with five-point charter of demands from site in Badda in Dhaka where they were on hunger strike demanding payment of their arrears, wages and festival allowance for the fifth consecutive day.
The Garments Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu announced programmes on behalf of the demonstrators and placed the five-point charter of demands those include immediate payment of arrear wages of past three months and festival allowance, keeping all the units of Tuba Group running to ensure employment of the workers, ensuring physical and psychological treatment to the workers who fell sick during the hunger strike, cancelling the bail of  Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain and award him death sentence, and ensuring total compensation for the injured workers and the families of those who remain missing till date in the 2012 deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions, owned by Delwar Hossain.
Mushrefa Mishu also announced formation of ‘Tuba Group Sangram Committee’ to implement the movement farther. She also said there would be demonstration of workers in front of Tuba Group in Central Badda on Saturday to press for the demands.
The Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, The Socialist Party of Bangladesh, The Communist Party of Bangladesh and eleven other left-leaning organisations exteneed their solidarity to the movement of the apparel workers.
On the fourth day of the protest, at least 30 workers of five factories of Tuba Group and a labour leader fell sick pushing the number of such cases to 100 in four days.
Breaking their silence since the workers began hunger strike, the BGMEA on Thursday said the problems in Tuba Group would be solved in seven working days and urged the workers to keep restraint.

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