RMG strike garners lukewarm response

Staff Correspondent
Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee brings out a procession from National Press Club in Dhaka in support of its strike at apparel units on Saturday. — New Age photo

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee brings out a procession from National Press Club in Dhaka in support of its strike at apparel units on Saturday. — New Age photo

Readymade garment factories in the country carried out work as usual on Saturday during the strike called by Tuba Group Sramik Sangam Parishad.
The nationwide dawn to dusk strike had been called to protest the attack on workers of Tuba Group, who had been holding a hunger strike for 11 days, on Thursday.
Police on Thursday stormed a factory of the group at Hossain Market in Badda in the capital and drove out the strikers using rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas.
Ten people, including newsmen, were injured.
The strike passed off almost without incident, besides police intervention in some places to resist picketers in the outskirts of the capital.
Labour leaders, however, said they were chased out by ‘police and goons’ in various places when they gathered to picket, and brought out a procession in the capital and Narayanganj in support of the strike.
Owners said the strike did not have any influence over the regular activities of factories.
Kazi Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Sramik Trade Union Centre, one of the allies of Sangram Parishad, alleged that police and goons dispersed gatherings and chased away workers at different industrial areas, including Ashulia, Savar, Tongi, Gazipur, Dakkhin Khan, Tejgaon and Lalbagh.
Some workers brought out processions and staged rallies at Chashara and Press Club in Narayanganj and other areas. In the capital, the Sangram Parishad brought out a procession from in front of the National Press Club and held a rally.
Labour leader Mantu Ghosh, while presiding over the rally, condemned the police and ‘goons’ for attacking workers picketing in favour of the strike.
‘Tougher programmes will be taken up if workers do not get their dues by Sunday,’ he said.
‘I have not been notified about any problem in my factories till this afternoon,’ said Abdus Salam Murshedy, a former president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
‘My factories in Ashulia, Malibagh, Rampura and other areas are operating just fine,’ Murshedy added.

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