RMG workers want reopening of Tuba factories

Staff Correspondent

Garments Sramik Samannay Parisahd, a combine of 28 government-backed apparel worker organisations, on Friday demanded reopening of five apparel factories of Tuba Group and payment of festival allowance and dues to the workers.
The demands were made at a rally organised by Samannay Parishad in front of the National Press Club.
Addressing the rally, the Samannay Parishad coordinator, Shajahan Khan, also the shipping minister, said that the Tuba Group owner must pay the festival allowance and dues to 1,600 apparel workers immediately.
‘We have resolved the Tuba Group crisis paying the wages of the workers and now we are also working on payment of others dues and festival allowance to the workers,’ Shajahan said.
He called on the Tuba Group owners to take steps to reopen the factories to save the workers.
‘Some quarters had tried to use the Tuba crisis politically and we called them to refrain from inviting politics in trade unionism,’ the minister said.
He asked the apparel factory owners to introduce trade unionism in their factories and that would be helpful for smooth productions.
He also urged the apparel factory owners to pay wages to the workers regularly and give them other benefits.
Chaired by Shajahan Khan, the rally was addressed, among others, by garment labour leaders Badruddoza Nizam, ZM Quamrul Anam, Mohammad Touhidur Rahman, Abul Hossain, Nazma Akter, Shamima Nasrin, Sirajul Islam Roni and Lovely Yesmin.
The rally was followed by a procession that paraded through different city roads.

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