Tuba Group workers have threatened to strike down all readymade garment factories across Bangladesh on Saturday if their five-point charter of demand is not met by Thursday.
Tuba Group Sramik Sangram
(workers' action) Committee Convenor Moshrefa Mishu declared their plans on
They will also demonstrate across the country on
Thursday and Friday.
Mishu made the announcements from a fifth floor
window of the Tuba factory in Hossain Market at Dhaka's Badda using
She alleged police obstructed them from holding a press
conference on the ground floor.
The law enforcers have positioned
themselves in front of Hossain Market since Wednesday morning.
police pushed around 25 protesters out of the factory claiming they were
'outsiders' and not workers.
While Mishu was announcing the programmes,
workers threw notes from the building where they said they would not mind taking
two months' salaries if the owners or BGMEA came to the factory and paid
Around 1,600 workers of the five Tuba Group factories have been on
a hunger strike for a straight nine days at the Badda factory to press for
payment of three months’ salaries, overtime dues and
Following the government's mediation, BGMEA urged the workers
to end the hunger strike pledging payment of two months’ wages and allowances on
Wednesday, but the call was rejected.
According to the apex body of
garment factory owners, as many as 326 workers went to BGMEA building between
10am and 5pm to receive their dues.
However, police started a raid on
Hossain Market in the morning to 'clear out' activists of various labour
organisations who have been protesting with the workers.
workers' five demands are -- immediate payment of unpaid wages, overtime and Eid
bonuses, factories be kept open so that over 1,500 workers can retain their
livelihood, compensation for workers who have fallen ill, 'cancellation' of Tuba
Group Managing Director Delwar Hossain’s bail and compensation for the victims
of Tazreen Fashions fire.
Hossain was in jail in a case filed over the
deaths of 112 workers of readymade garment factory Tazreen Fashions, which was
gutted in a blaze in 2012. The Group owned Tazreen Fashions.
Hossain secured bail from the High Court on July 24 and was released