Tuba workers reject wage offer

New Age Online
A medical team comforts a Tuba Group worker, who fell sick during a hunger strike at Hossain Market of North Badda in the city on Sunday. The workers of the group have been continuing their hunger strike since July 28 demanding their arrear, salary and Eid bonus. – New Age photo

A medical team comforts a Tuba Group worker, who fell sick during a hunger strike at Hossain Market of North Badda in the city on Sunday. The workers of the group have been continuing their hunger strike since July 28 demanding their arrear, salary and Eid bonus. – New Age photo

The minister for shipping, Shajahan Khan, said on Sunday that the wages of May and June of the agitating Tuba Group workers will be disbursed on Wednesday, though the offers were rejected by the workers.
After a meeting at the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association building involving several ministers Shajahan Khan announced that the salary of July will be paid on August 10.
No date was given for the disbursement of other allowances.
The minister urged the workers to call off the demonstration only to be denied by their leaders almost immediately.
The agitating workers demanded that the wages to be paid altogether.
Mushrefa Mishu, the president of the Garments Worker Unity Forum, announced they will continue their agitation until the demands are met.
About 1600 workers of five units of Tuba Group had started their hunger strike since July 28, a day before Eid-ul-Fitr, at a unit of the group at Hossain Market of North Badda in the city demanding their arrear, salary and Eid bonus.
Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain, also the managing director of Tazreen Fashions Limited that was gutted in 2012, killing 112 workers, is in Dhaka Central Jail in connection with Tazreen fire and homicide case.
The agitating workers were earlier promised that they would be paid once Delwar is freed on bail.
Amid growing suspects over Delwar’s ability to pay the workers even if he is released on bail, the government on Sunday decided to appeal against his bail order.
Deputy attorney general Shafiul Bashar Bhandari told New Age that the appeal was under process and that it would be moved before the appellate division vacation chamber judge on Tuesday (August 5).
Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad, a combine of eight apparel workers’ rights body, on Sunday formed a human chain in front of the High Court premises opposing Delwar Hossain’s two-month interim bail.



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