Tuba workers’ hunger strike passes fifth day

Staff Correspondent
Several hunger striking workers of Tuba Group are taking treatment in Dhaka Community Hospital on Thursday and Friday after they fell sick.— New Age photo

Several hunger striking workers of Tuba Group are taking treatment in Dhaka Community Hospital on Thursday and Friday after they fell sick.— New Age photo

A hunger strike by more than hundred people working in factories owned by Tuba Group passed the fifth day on Friday, as the workers failed to realise their demand for unpaid salary and festival allowance.
Tuba Group owns five ready-made garment factories, including the ill-fated Tazreen Fashion factory, which caught fire in November 2012 killing at least 117 people.
So far, ten people have been admitted to hospital from falling sick during the strike, being observed on the premises of a Tuba factory in North Badda.
Meanwhile, a newly-formed platform of the workers – Tuba Group Sramik Sangaram Committee – will hold a rally and procession, in front of Hossain Market in the area, at 11:00am today.
The committee has articulated a five-point demand which include payment of salary and festival allowance of 1,600 workers, ensuring employment of all workers currently employed by Tuba factories, cancellation of bail of Tuba managing director Delwar Hossain and ‘adequate compensation’ to the affected workers of Tazreen Fashion.
Delwar, in jail on charge of culpability in the Tazreen factory fire, is set to be released on bail today or tomorrow.
The strike began on July 28 demanding three months salary and Eid bonus.
At a press conference from the strike, Garments Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu alleged that Bangladesh
Garment Manufacturer and Exporters Association’s promise ‘to resolve the problems in a week’ was
a ploy to keep Delwar
out of jail.
‘We want to see Delwar Hossain punished for killing more than 100 workers of Tazreen Fashion,’ Mishu said.
Garment labour leaders Amena Akter, Shahidul Islam Sobuj, Mahbubur Rahman Ismail, Rafiqul Islam Pathik, Taslima Akhter Lima, Shabnam Hafiz, Joly Talukder, Ahsan Habib Bulbul, Fakhruddin Kabir Atik, Mofazzal Hossain Mostak were also present at the press conference.
Meanwhile, the coordinator of the Democratic Left Alliance (DLA) Shubhrangshu Chakrabarty, Revolutionary Workers Party general secretary Saiful Huq, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Ganasanghati chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, convener of Samajtantrik Andolan  Hamidul Haque, United Communist League central  leader Abdus Satter also expressed solidarity with the demands of Tuba workers.
DLA will also hold a rally in front of the National Press Club today demanding resolution of the Tuba crisis, at 4:00pm.

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