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Left parties demand payment to Tuba workers

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Staff Reporter
Left-leaning parties on Monday warned that the government will lose ground under its feet if it fails to force Tuba Group to pay all the dues of workers.
The movement waged by Tuba Group workers for realizing their dues will not remain restricted within themselves, rather it will spread everywhere if the demands are not met immediately, they observed.
The observations came from a rally on the road adjacent to the west boundary of the Secretariat, when police managed to thwart a siege to the Secretariat, organized by several leftist parties and platforms, including Gonotantrik Bam Morcha, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Socialist Party of Bangladesh (SPB) in solidarity with the demands of Tuba Group workers.
Addressing the rally, Ganosanghati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki said although the hunger strike of Tuba Group workers is on its 8th day, the unpaid workers has got nothing but assurance from the government and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
He said, “BGMEA has assured the workers of a paying their two months’ dues by August 6 and another month’s dues by August 10. Why didn’t they pay the workers yesterday, or today?”
Speaking about the garment owners, he said, “You have passed your Eid vacation abroad, but your workers have passed their Eid doing hunger-strike on the factory floor; that can not happen.”
Issuing a note of warning, Saki said, “Fulfill the demands of workers. There’ll be no ground under your feet if you don’t meet the demands, mind it. That movement will not be limited within the Tuba group workers…it’ll spread everywhere.” * Biplobi Workers Party general secretary Saiful Haque, CPB central leaders Prof Abdus Sattar and Shahidul Islam Sobuj attended the demonstration.
Representatives from about 30 readymade garment (RMG) workers’ organizations also joined the demonstration to express their solidarity with the demands.
They also arranged a human chain and token hunger strike in front of the Jatiya Press Club.