Resolve Tuba crisis peacefully: DLA

BGMEA keeps paying workers

New Age Online

Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties on Thursday called on the Awami League-led government to take steps to resolve Tuba Group factory crisis peacefully.
The parties also urged the authorities to avoid applying forces.
Shubhrangshu Chakrabarty, the coordinator of the combine at a press conference at Segunbagicha in the city alleged that the police along with the BGMEA-backed labour leaders and their musclemen launched attacks on the workers observing hunger strike.
The police had kept the workers of the Tuba Group confined and stopped water supply as the workers’ life-taking hunger strike entered in the 11th day, the DLA leaders said.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association started paying the workers their wages. The BGMEA paid nearly 600 workers on Wednesday while more than 150 workers received part of their wages today.
It says the association will keep paying the workers till Thursday evening.
The 8-party combine will hold a rally in front of the National Press Club on Thursday at 4:00pm protesting the police attacks on the DLA leaders and will also hold a countrywide protest on Saturday.
Shahidul Islam Sabuj, a central leader of the Garments Sramik Oikya Forum told New Age on Thursday afternoon that the water supply was restored to the factory premises this morning. However, the police stationed there did not allow any physician to treat the workers in need of medical help.
The leaders of the combine Siddiqur Rahman, Zonayed Saki, Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, Bannishikha Jamali and Mahinuddin Chowdhury Liton attended the press conference.



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