Apparel strike receives lukewarm response

New Age Online

A daylong strike in garment factories called by Sramik Sangram Parishad in protest of Thursday’s police action in a factory received lukewarm responses as most of the workers joined their works on Saturday, factory owners and labour leaders said.
‘I am not notified about any problems in my factories till this afternoon,’ said Abdus Salam Murshedy, a former president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
Kazi Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Sramik Trade Union Centre, one of the allies of Sangram Parishad, acknowledged that they could not enforce the strike properly due to what he said ‘police and terrors’ obstacles.’
The police chased the workers to disperse their gatherings at different industrial locations, such as, Ashulia, Savar, Tongi, Gazipur, Dakkhin Khan, Tejgaon and Lalbagh, witnesses said.
Some workers brought out processions and staged rallies at Chashara and Press Club in Narayanganj and other areas of the country.
‘My factories in Ashulia, Malibagh, Rampura and other areas are operating just fine,’ Murshedy said.
The backdrop of strike was pivoted on the Tuba Group workers’ 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.
The police on Thursday stormed a factory of the 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 Sangarm Parishad had announced a dawn-to-dusk strike in all garment factories across the country for today.

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