Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee rallies defying police obstruction

Workers continue hunger strike for the sixth straight day

New Age Online

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Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee on Saturday went out on demonstration in front of the apparel units of Tuba Group at Hossain Market in North Badda in the capital braving the police obstacles.
A huge number of police took position on the surroundings of  Hossain Market where workers of the garment factories under Tuba Group continued their hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day demanding their wages and festival allowance.

Politicians, academics and labour leaders also took to the street to extend solidarity with the hunger striking apparel workers. The workers continued their hunger strike during rally inside the factories.
Protesters at the rally called on the government and the garment factory owners to take steps to resolve crisis of the 1,600 Tuba Group workers within 24 hours.
Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim, Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Jahangirnagar University teacher Anu Muhammad, Democratic Left Alliance coordinator Shubhrangshu Chakrabarty, garment labour leaders Mantu Ghosh, Mahbubur Rahman Ismail, Taslima Akhter Lima and others spoke at the rally.

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Mohammad Siraz, a Tuba Group worker, who chaired the rally, said that the Tuba workers would continue their movements until the dues of the workers were cleared.
The rally was followed by a protest procession and police intercepted the procession.
Garment Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu also has been on hunger strike from Monday with the workers. Mishu announced the formation of  the Tuba Group Workers’ Movement Committee. This committee, said Mishu, would hold rallies countrywide, especially in Ashulia, Gazipur, Savar, Narayanganj and Chittagong.
Mishu criticised BGMEA’s appeal to the workers to wait for seven more days for their payment while it has already been five days into their fast-unto-death programme for the arrears.
She alleged that BGMEA is busy securing bail for Delwar while overlooking the workers’ suffering.
Till Friday, 86 hunger strikers have fallen ill.

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