State minister sits with BGMEA to resolve Tuba labour crisis

New Age Online

State minister for labour and employment, Mujibul Haque Chunnu sat with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association leaders on Saturday in his bid to end Tuba workers’ hunger strike, BGMEA sources said.
A section of the workers of the export-oriented Tuba Group continued their hunger strike for the sixth straight day and agitated on Saturday morning, demanding payment of their arrears, wages and festival bonuses.
BGMEA acting president SM Mannan Kochi, vice presidents Mohammad Shahidullah Azim and Reaz Bin Mahmud and former president Tipu Munshi were kept on discussing the Tuba crisis during filing this report at 1:00pm.
The outcome of the meeting could not be known immediately. But a former BGMEA president, on condition of anonymity, said that the state minister and the BGMEA leaders were working hard to end the Tuba crisis.
The Garments Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu earlier announced programmes on behalf of the demonstrators and placed the five-point charter of demands. Those included: 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.
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 extended their solidarity to the movement of the apparel workers.

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