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Tuba workers stage demo for wages, bonus

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Staff Reporter
Garment workers of five factories under Tuba Group on Tuesday demonstrated in front of BGMEA Bhaban in the capital demanding their outstanding dues, including three months’ wages and Eid bonus.
Witnesses said some 200-250 workers started gathering in front of BGMEA Bhaban from 11:00 am. At one stage, many of them tried to enter into the building but police foiled the attempt with mild baton charge.
Additional police and RAB members were deployed in the area from the morning to avert any untoward incident.
Later, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, the workers staged agitation in front of the BGMEA Bhaban and chanted various slogans in support of their demand for payment of their outstanding wages along with Eid bonus at a time.
Garment workers leaders warned of tougher programs unless they are paid immediately.
They also rejected the BGMEA initiative offering to pay two months’ wages, saying they would not receive any money unless outstanding wages and Eid bonus are paid at a time.
Earlier, on Sunday, BGMEA announced that the arrears of the garment workers of Tuba Group would be disbursed on Wednesday as tension was growing over the issue.
The decision was taken from a ‘tripartite’ meeting among the representatives of the government, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters association (BGMEA) and Garment Sramik Samannoy Parishad held at the BGMEA office on Sunday.
BGMEA vice-president SM Mannan told reporters at BGMEA Bhaban today (Tuesday) that the workers will be the sufferers if they refuse to receive the wages. He again requested the workers to receive their dues from BGMEA Bhaban on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, the workers of Tuba Group continued their fast unto death inside the factory in Badda on Tuesday. They began the fast from the Eid day (July 29) demanding full payment of their three months’ outstanding wages and Eid bonus.
Tuba Group, which owns five factories including Tazreen Fashions Ltd did not pay the workers their wages as its owner Delwar Hossain is now in jail in connection with the fire at Tazreen Fashions factory in Ashulia in November 2012 that killed 112 workers.