RMG workers to observe strike today

Moloy Saha

Tuba Group Sramik Sangam Parishad on Friday urged workers of all garment factories across the country to make successful today’s strike called in protest at Thursday’s police action against the agitating workers at Badda.
Tuba Group workers had observed an 11-day hunger strike till Thursday to press home their demands for payment of three months’ wages, festival allowance and cancellation of the bail granted by the High Court to the owner of the group Delwer Hossain.
Police on Thursday stormed a factory of group at Hossain Market at Badda in the capital and drove out the hunger strikers using rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas leaving at least 10 of them, including newsmen, injured.
In protest against the police action, the Tuba Group Sramik Sangarm Parishad had announced a dawn-to-dusk strike in all garment factories across the country for today.
In order to drum up support for today’s strike, activists of the Sangram Parishad on Friday held rallies in different garment hubs, including Narayanganj, Kanchpur, Siddhirganj, Chittagong, Ashulia, Savar, Tongi, Tejgaon and Mirpur.
The Sangram Parishad, which includes Garment Sramik Oikya Forum, Garment Sramik Front, Garment Sramik Sanghati, Bangladesh Sramik Karmachari Federation, Samannita Garment Sramik Federation, Garment Sramik Andolan, Sramajibi Sangha, Garment Sramik Trade Union Centre, Bangladesh Garment Sramik Mukti Andolan, Biplabi Garment Sramik Sanghati, Garment Majdur Union, Bangladesh Textile Garment Workers Federation, Jatiya Sweater Garment Sramik Federation and Garment Sramik Sabha, in a statement on Friday called on the garment workers to make today’s strike successful.
Garment Sramik Oikya Forum formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in protest against the police attacks on the Tuba workers.
The rally was addressed, among others, by Shahidul Islam Sabuj, Mominur Rahman Mobin and Shafiul Alam Azad.
Samajtantrik Mahila Forum and women’s cell of the Communist Party of Bangladesh also formed a human chain at the same venue later condemning the police action on the workers of the Tuba Group.
Mahila Forum president Rawshan Ara Rousseau, forum general secretary Shampa Basu, women cell convener Lakkhi Chakrabarty and Shamsun Nahar addressed the programme.
More than 40 lakh workers are working in around 5,000 garment factories in the country.

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