Production in garment factories across the country remained ‘undisrupted’ on Saturday despite Tuba Group workers’ call for strike in all garment factories across the country.
Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee called the strike demanding their arrears in full, cancellation of Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain’s bail, stopping the termination of workers and ‘attacks’ on them.
“Regular police along with industrial one and government cadres didn’ t allow workers to stay in the streets,” Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum, told UNB explaining the situation.
However, BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) leaders and on-duty officials of the Industrial Police said the production in garment factories were ‘normal’.
“There has been no disruption in production,” BGMEA vice president M Shahidullah Azim told adding that no such work abstention was seen in Savar, Narayanganj and Gazipur industrial belts.
He said the owner of the Tuba Group would disburse salaries for the month of July from BGMEA Bhaban tomorrow (Sunday) as per the decision taken earlier.
On Thursday, Shipping Minister M Shajahan Khan and State Minister for Labor and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu conveyed a strong message to Tazreen Fashions’ owner Delwar Hossain to pay the salaries of the workers of Tuba Group factories for July by Sunday.
Moshrefa Mishu, who was leading the movement of Tuba Group workers, however claimed that the salaries of July, along with overtime dues and bonus, should be paid together.
She also demanded disbursement of salaries and bonus from the Tuba Garment factories instead of BGMEA Bhaban.
“Many workers phoned me. They don’t feel comfort to collect salaries from BGMEA Bhaban, rather they prefer collecting it from their respective workplaces,” she added.
Mishu who did not even join Saturday’s strike due to her ‘weak health condition’ demanded exemplary punishment of OC Badda, including his suspension, for attacking and misbehaving with female workers and arrest of Delwar Hossain canceling his bail to ensure his highest punishment.
Mishu also claimed that she heard that cases had been filed against some workers. “If it happens, I demand withdrawal of those cases to maintain peace in the RMG industry.”
Narayanganj Correspondent reported that there had been no strike impact on production in RMG factories in the port town. There was no procession or demonstration in the labour-intensive areas either.
Quoting BKMEA director and Labour Standing Committee chairman GM Faruk, the correspondent said all export-oriented units remained open and production remained undisrupted.
Tuba Group, which owned the Tazreen Fashions Ltd, have five other factories -- Tuba Textile Mills Limited, Tuba Fashion Limited, Taif Designs Limited, Mita Designs Limited, Bughshan Garments (pvt) Limited where over 1458 workers are employed.