Nationwide strike in apparel units for Saturday

New Age Online

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Parishad called countrywide dawn to dusk strike in garment factories on Saturday protesting against the police attacks on the workers of the Tuba Group.
The group will also hold demonstrations in the garment industrial belts on Friday.
Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Parishad leader Zahirul Islam announced the programmes on Thursday afternoon at a protest rally in front of the National Press Club.
He condemned the ‘barbaric’ police attacks on the workers of the Tuba Group taking part in the 11 day fast un to death at Hossain Market in North Badda.
Police detained the president of Garments Sramik Oikya Forum, Mushrefa Mishu, Garments Workers Trade Union Centre joint general secretary Joly Talukder and others during the police action, Zahirul alleged.
Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of the eight left leaning political parties at protest rally in front of the Press Club,  extend their support to the strike programme of the garment workers and also hold countrywide protest rallies on Saturday.
Communist Party of Bangladesh and Socialist Party of Bangladesh leaders at a protest rally in the same venue also extend support to the strike of the garment workers.
Meanwhile, the state minister for labour and employment, Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, at a news conference at Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association office asked the labour leaders not to wage ‘unnecessary’ programme that would hamper the country’s apparels sector, which is now at a stable position.
‘Those who taken hunger strike programme for the sake of workers, they gained success. Is there any necessity of waging fresh programme?’ he asked.
He said about 1300 workers receive their two months wages till Thursday.
The minister said the wage of July would be give by August 10.
‘If the authority did not give it, we will take action against them,’ he warned.
At the same prorgamme, shipping minister Shahjahan Khan said it appears that a vested group was behind the labour unrest as they demand resignation of prime minister Sheikh Hasina who had contributed most for the wellbeing of garment workers.

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