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Tuba workers confined by police

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Only 60 receive 2 months’ wages
Staff Reporter
Tuba Group factory workers remained confined as police again locked all the entry gates of the factory while 60 workers collected two months’ outstanding wages at BGMEA Bhaban on Wednesday.
Around 1,000 protesting workers remained confined for several hours in the morning as police locked all the gates of Hossain Market at Uttar Badda in the capital which house the Tuba Group garment factories.
Officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station MA Jalil said they locked the gates so that the protesting workers could not carry out vandalism on the nearby streets.
However, police opened the gates around 12:25 am for a while to allow the workers to go for collecting their dues from the BGMEA Bhaban.
Police again locked all the entry gates to the Tuba Group factories at the Hossain Market as the situation went out of control, witnesses said.
But, this time, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station MA Jalil said they did not lock the entry gates. The workers were not going to the BGMEA Bhaban to collect their outstanding wages, he added.
As announced on Tuesday, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) began distributing two months’ outstanding wages to Tuba Group workers at BGMEA Bhaban yesterday morning.
The BGMEA authorities started disbursement of the dues around 10:30 am. Some 55-60 workers of the garment factories of Tuba Group received their dues, BGMEA sources said.

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