Police charge baton on Tuba workers laying siege to BGMEA building

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At least seven protesters were injured as police on Tuesday swooped on garment workers of Tuba group who went to lay siege the Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association, demanding payment of dues and festival allowance.
The workers under a banner of ‘Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee’ started a march towards the BGMEA to press home their demands.
Police charged baton on the garment workers when they remove barbed wire fences placed in front of the BGMEA building.
Facing police obstruction, the protesters held an impromptu rally there and threatened to go for tougher programmes including general strike, siege and hunger strike  if their demands were not met by Tuesday.
Garment Sramik Sanghati president Taslima Akhter said that they had rejected the BGMEA’s proposal of paying the dues of Tuba workers in two phases.
‘We will go on tougher programme if the payment of three months’ wage, festival allowance and overtime bills are not paid on Wednesday,’ she said.
Assistant Commissioner of Ramna zone of police, Imanul Haque told New Age that no garment worker but a member of police Selim was injured while the tried to ‘control the situation’.
At least 1,200 workers from five factories under the Tuba Group have been on a hunger strike for the ninth consecutive day at Hossain Market in the capital’s Badda area, demanding the payment of three months’ wages, overtime and Eid bonuses.
The five factories under the Tuba Group are Tuba Textile, Tuba Fashion, Mita Design, Taif Design and Bughsan Garments.
The Tuba group needs around Tk 4.13 crore to pay all the dues of the workers.
Meanwhile, a group of teachers from different universities observed a four-hour hunger strike programme  at the base of Aparajeya Bangla demanding immediate payment of dues and festival allowance of the Tuba workers.
Dhaka University professor emirate Serajul Islam Chaudhury, Dhaka University’s teacher Tanzimuddin Khan, Khorsed Alam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology’s teacher Asifur Rahman, Jahangirnagar University’s teacher Asifur Rahman were present among others in the hunger strike.

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