Tannery workers on Saturday demanded the implementation of a bilateral pact signed between the tanners and workers in 2016 to ensure worker’s job security in the export-oriented industry in its entirety by January 26.
At a rally organised by Tannery Workers Union in Dhaka Tannery crossing at Hazaribagh, tannery worker leaders also demanded immediate establishment of accommodation facilities and health services for the workers at the tannery estate at Savar, on the outskirts of the capital.
They said that the authorities concerned and tanners must ensure the facilities at the estate before relocation of tannery industries there from Hazaribagh.
Addressing the rally, ruling Awami League’s local lawmaker Sheikh Fazle Nur Taposh warned the tanners about dire consequences including losing international buyers if they failed to ensure the workers’ welfare.
He assured the workers of a fruitful meeting among tanners, workers and government representatives on January 26.
Union general secretary Abdul Malek said that the tanners would face an unwanted situation if the workers’ demands were not met before the tannery relocation.
He reiterated the demands including seniority-based job regularisation of tannery workers.
Malek demanded effective intervention by the government to maintain peace in the export-oriented industry.
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre president Shahidullah Chowdhury said that the tanners were undermining the workers’ contributions to the development of the tannery industry.
Chaired by union president Abul Kalam Azad, the rally was addressed, among others, by local ward councillor Abir Md Salim Ahmed, Trade Union Centre general secretary Wajedul Islam and worker leaders TM Liaquat Ali and Mohammad Shajahan.
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