TUBA Garment Workers Strike & Tazreen bail Part 1 20140724-20140815

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TUBA

 20140815

* Tuba Group units Labour leaders for resumption of operation:

Labour leaders gave their opinion Thursday in favour of resumption of operation in all Tuba Group factories and sought an immediate decision from the authorities concerned in this respect.

Their opinion came at a view exchange meeting with the apparel sector leaders at the headquarters of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) with BGMEA Vice President Reaz-Bin-Mahmood in the chair.

Leaders from more than 35 garment labour rights groups took part in the view exchange meeting against the backdrop of the recent stalemate over the Tuba Group factories relating to payment of arrear wages and other benefits of the workers.

“We want the authorities to reopen all the factories for securing the jobs of around 1,600 workers and hope that a decision in this connection will be made shortly,” president of Garment Sramik Karmachari League Lima Ferdous said.

There is no formal announcement of shutdown of the units, so the authority has to pay wages for the month of August, she said adding if they fail to run the factories, they have to compensate the workers according to the law of the land.
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* Tuba workers make fresh 5-pt demand:

The Garment Workers’ Oikya Forum made on Wednesday a six-point demand including immediate payment of festival allowances of the Tuba Group workers and reopening of the closed units.

The Forum also announced its next movement to realise their demands.

Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Forum, made the six-point demand at a press briefing held in the city.

“Pay the Tuba Group Workers festival allowance, open the closed units and run them according to the law,” she said.

The workers observed hunger strikes for 11 days but their demands are yet to be fully met, she said adding they had no other option but to opt for hunger strike.

The workers are still in the dark about the festival allowances, she added.

The demands also included scrapping of Tuba Group MD Delwar Hossain’s anticipatory bail and giving him the death penalty.
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* Worker leader threatens to resume protests:

Leader of Garments Workers Unity Forum, a trade union in the apparel sector, yesterday threatened to relaunch protests unless the Tub Group workers get their festival bonuses soon.

Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Forum, also demanded cancellation of the bail to Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tuba Group.
Mishu alleged that the police oppressed the Tuba workers who were on hunger strike to realise their three months’ arrears and Eid bonus.
“If our six-point demands are not met by August 16, we will demonstrate at Shahbagh on August 17 and hold a workers’ gathering at Badda on the following day,” she said at a press conference in Dhaka.
“We want Delwar to reopen his five units as soon as possible so that the workers are employed,” she said. “If Delwar wants to close down his factories, he will have to pay the workers as per the law.”
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TUBA

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* Garment Sramik Oikya wants reopening of Tuba Group factories:

Garment Sramik Oikya Forum has asked the troubled Tuba Group to reopen all its five garment factories and pay the pending Eid bonuses to its workers.

Addressing a news conference in Dhaka President of the Forum Mosrefa Mishu alleged that the owner of the group was trying to secretly sell the factories that employed about 1,600 workers.

The forum also demanded withdrawal of cases against workers and their leaders, compensation to workers and cancellation of bail of Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain.
The forum will hold a solidarity rally at Shahbagh on Aug. 17 and another rally in Badda on Aug. 20.
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TUBA

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* Hundreds of Tuba workers looking for new jobs:

Hundreds of laid-off garment workers of five factories of the embattled Tuba Group are on a search for new jobs as an uncertainty looms large over resumption of production in the industrial units.

They are at loose ends, having no work, as operation of the five factories remained totally suspended since July 28, workers and factory officials said.

After clearance of the workers’ due wages, the owner of Tuba Group could not start operation of their factories as all of the machinery and other instruments have been sold out for payment of wages and other benefits to its workers.

“We are yet to take any decision on the reopening of the five factories of Tuba Group,” Zannat Fatima, workers’ welfare officer at Tuba Group, told The Financial Express Monday.

She said for disbursement of three months’ wages, the factories’ all machinery has been sold off. As a result, opening the factories is not possible.

She recognised that unlocking the five factories is uncertain as the owner of the group has already been facing crisis of funds for running the business.

If the owner of Tuba Group wants to run the factories, she said, he will take minimum six months to restart his business.

Anwar Hossain, a sewing operator at Tuba Fashion, told the FE: “I have already got the wages for three months. I am in great frustration as our factory has been out of production since July 28.”

He is not sure if and when their factory will be reopened. As such, he is now busy searching for a new job.
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* ‘Intl community watching Tuba garment factory situation’:

The international community has been closely watching the latest situation at Tuba garment factory that has arisen over payment of outstanding wages. It has created fresh concern among the buyers.

This was observed by the Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka Heather Cruden at the launching ceremony of a training workshop.

The Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) in collaboration with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and the International Training Centre (ITC) of the ILO organised the four-day training programme at the BEF conference room in the city.

The training programme aims at enhancing knowledge and capacity on ‘Occupational Safety and Health among the Employers and Management of the Readymade Garment Factories of Bangladesh.’

“The situation in Tuba garment unit has created a newer concern. Canada and other international community members are watching it closely,” said Ms Cruden in her speech.

She reiterated her demand to the government to finalise the implementing rules of the amended Bangladesh Labour Act.

“I urge the government to take the primary initiative to finalise the implementing rules of the amended Bangladesh Labour Act as early as possible. The rules are essential for guiding the occupational health and safety committees in the factories,” she said.
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TUBA

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* RMG would benefit from wage tribunals:

Set up a system that can adjudicate on wage issues and help prevent disputes

Around 1,600 Tuba Group employees have suffered from not receiving wages for on average the last three months.

The BGMEA’s action last week in paying these wages for May and June, and the company’s announcement that it will pay for July, are hopeful signs that this particular dispute may now be ended.

While there are disquieting aspects about the way this particular dispute has been prolonged, it raises a more general question for the RMG sector.

Namely that many RMG companies face severe pressures which can give rise to genuine financial reasons for delays in paying wages.

In this case, matters have been helped by the BGMEA commendably agreeing to pay some of the overdue wages even though they were under no legal obligation to assume these liabilities. A proper system is needed to help address this type of issue in other cases.
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* Tofail for BGMEA fund to handle Tuba-like crisis:

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday suggested that the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) create a fund to tackle crisis like the Tuba Group’s one.

The minister made the recommendation at a press conference at BGMEA Bhaban in the city, which was arranged on the occasion of disbursement of salaries and dues among the workers of five Tuba Group garment factories.

The Tuba Group authorities disbursed some Tk 1.05 crore among 1,417 workers of its five factories for the month of July and overtime bills at the BGMEA Bhaban on Sunday.

Tofail said the workers have already been given salaries and other dues except Eid bonus. “They must be given Eid bonus as well.”

Criticising some progressive political parties for what he said their instigation behind the Tuba crisis, the minister said, “They wanted that anarchy prevails and the workers remain unpaid. What type of ideology is this?”
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* Doubt over resuming production at Tuba Group factories:

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president, Md Atiqul Islam, on Sunday said that there was a doubt whether the owners of Tuba Group could resume production at their five apparel factories soon.

‘It might be difficult for the owner to resume production in the factories soon as under the circumstances the company owner had to give wages to the workers by selling land and the machineries of the factories,’ he said at a briefing at the association headquarters in the city.

Atiqul said that labour unrest had taken place in the factories of Tuba Group centring the outstanding wages for three months as the owner were in the jail but the association arranged the wages for two months on August 6 on humanitarian ground and rest of the wages and allowances were paid on Sunday by the factory authority.

‘The factory owner will decide whether he will run the factories or not,’ he said. At the briefing, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed thanked the association leaders and said it was insignificant that out of 4,000 apparel factories, problem occurred only at one factory.

He said that the Tuba Group owner, Delwar Hossain, was released from jail on bail as per the law and there was no interference of the government but the government put pressure on Delwar to pay thearrears of the workers.
Replying to a query, he said, ‘If the owner fails to run the factories he will have to pay the workers as per the law.’ He, however, criticised the statement of former caretaker government adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman and said they might criticise the government in round tables but could not stop development.
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* AG office now seeks copy of order on Delwar’s bail:

The attorney general’s office on Sunday filed an application to get the certified copy of a High Court order that had granted bail to Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain on which he was released five days ago.

Assistant attorney general Sheikh Saifuzzaman filed the application, said officials concerned. ‘We cannot make a decision whether to move the Appellate Division challenging the bail, as we are yet to get the certified copy of the High Court order,’ said additional attorney general Murad Reza following Delwar’s release on August 5.
He had told reporters that his office applied for a copy of the order following issuance of the order by the High Court on July 24 in a case of culpable homicide by negligence in connection with the fire at his apparel factory Tazreen Fashions that killed 112 workers in November 2012.
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* Tuba workers get July dues:

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RMG workers of the trouble-torn Tuba Group waiting in queues in front of the BGMEA Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in the capital Sunday to collect their July wages. — FE Photo

The Tuba Group authorities disbursed wages and overtime bills for the month of July to their workers on Sunday.

A total of 1,470 workers of the group received their dues at the headquarters of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in the capital.
BGMEA president Atiqul Islam was present when the payments to the Tuba Group workers started.

Sabura Begum, a senior sewing operator of Tuba Group, said she had received a total of Tk 5,490.
She received Tk 5,290 as the wage for the month of July and Tk 200 as the attendance allowance. She expressed her satisfaction.

Sharmin Nahar, another operator, said the authorities of Tuba Group had distributed wages and overtime bills for July but not festival allowance.
She said they had been expecting that all dues would be cleared, but it was not. Still the payment of festival allowance remained uncertain.
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* BGMEA asked to form emergency fund:

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Tuba workers’ salaries paid; Eid bonuses still uncertain

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday suggested Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association form an emergency fund to handle precarious situations like the Tuba Group workers’ payment crisis.

“It is my suggestion to the BGMEA to form the fund to face any emergency,” Ahmed said at a press conference at the BGMEA office following the completion of payments to Tuba Group workers.

The association yesterday distributed the salaries and overtime allowances of 1,417 workers of Tuba Group on behalf of its owner Delwar Hossain. Hossain sold off his land and machineries to arrange the Tk 1.4 crore that was needed.

Ahmed also came down heavily on former commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman for his comments on the garment sector.

Rahman in a roundtable on Saturday said the government and the BGMEA always stand beside the non-compliant garment factories.
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About the fate of Tuba Group now, Ahmed said it remains in its owner’s hands.
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Khan said the Tuba Group owner will pay the festival bonuses, which is still outstanding, to workers later.

State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu said the government arranged for Hossain’s bail in the workers’ interest.

If Hossain was still in jail, it would have taken six months or more for the workers to get their arrears, he said. “We created pressure on Delwar Hossain and on the BGMEA to pay the workers,” Chunnu said.

Meanwhile, Khokon Mia, an operator at one of Tuba Group’s factories, said every worker received a month’s salary and overtime payment yesterday. But, in many cases, the overtime amount was not calculated properly and workers did not get the exact amount.

Khadiza Akter, an operator of Bugsan Fashion, a unit of the Tuba Group, said she got the right amount of salaries.

Sirajul Islam Rony, member of the minimum wage board for garment workers, said every worker got their salaries properly. “I have not noticed any problem in payment to the workers.”
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* Tofail for emergency RMG fund:

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today suggested the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to generate a fund for any emergency like Tuba Group workers’ payment crisis.

Tofail was speaking at a press conference on the payment to the workers of the Tuba Group at the BGMEA office.

The BGMEA paid the salary of the month of July and overtime allowances to 1,417 workers of the Tuba Group at the BGMEA office from 2:00 in the afternoon.
“It is my suggestion to the BGMEA to form the fund to face any emergency moment,” Ahmed said.
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* Tuba Group distributing July wage among workers:

The authorities of Tuba Group have started distributing wage of July and overtime bills to its workers, who went on hunger strike since July 28 demanding three-month wages and Eid bonus.

Hundreds of the workers of the Tuba Group gathered to take their due payments this afternoon at the headquarters of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) at Karwan Bazar in the capital.

Delwar Hossain, owner of the factory started distributing the payments to his workers around 2:00pm.BGMEA officials are also present there.
The decision of distributing salary for the month of July came at a meeting between the owners of Tuba Group and representatives of BGMEA, workers and the government at the Parliament Members Club yesterday.
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* Tuba Group workers to get July salary today :

The workers of Tuba Group will be paid their salary of the month of July at Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Bhaban today (Sunday) as per the decision taken earlier.

The disbursement of salary among the workers will begin at 2 pm.

On Thursday, Shipping Minister M Shajahan Khan and State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu conveyed a strong message to Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain to pay the salaries of the workers of Tuba Group factories for July by Sunday.
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* Bleak future awaits Tuba workers:

 The wages for May and June have already been paid by the BGMEA

The workers of five garment factories under Tuba Group are in dark about their job security since those were already facing crisis of funds while the recent agitations for dues have brought the matter to the forefront.

Neither the factory owner nor the BGMEA or the government, who have been mediating to pay the workers’ dues, did not make it clear whether these factories would be in operation any longer.

There are around 1,500 workers in these five factories, which are currently shut as the workers went on hunger strike on July 28 demanding three months’ outstanding wages, overtime and Eid bonuses.
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At a meeting yesterday, the government, the BGMEA, the factory management and labour leaders decided to pay due wages for the month of July and overtime for the last three months from today. But the meeting did not discuss the issues of running the factories and payment of the current month.
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He said it would be tough for him to get another job immediately if the factory management decided to announce lay off. “The garment owners have somewhat stopped recruiting workers after the implementation of the new wage structure,” Kamal added.

Meanwhile, a section of workers of Tuba Group have decided to quit work fearing uncertainty. Since several units had been shut earlier due to crisis of funds, they fear that these five factories may also be closed.

“We had promised to pay the wages for the last three months and the overtime dues. The matter is solved as the dues for July will be paid on Sunday,” BGMEA Vice-President Shahidullah Azim told the Dhaka Tribune.

Asked about the workers’ job security, Azim said: “It is matter of the factory management.”
State Minister for Labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu said: “It is not our duty to see whether the factories will run or shut.”

He told the Dhaka Tribune: “It was our duty to ensure the payments and we have done it. If the factory owners decide to shut the units, then the workers’ dues will have to be paid as per the law.”
Though the factory owner, Delowar Hossain, is freed from jail on bail, he is yet to make any decision over running the factories.
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* Tuba workers to get July dues today:

The five units are Tuba Fashion, Tuba Textile, Mita Design, Taif Design and Bughsan Garments

The management of Tuba Group is set to pay its workers of five garment factories the outstanding wages for July and the overtime dues today.

The workers would be paid at 2pm at the BGMEA headquarters in Karwan Bazar area, as decided at a meeting of the garment owners’ platform, government, factory management and labour leaders in the city yesterday.

“As per our promise made earlier, the BGMEA compelled the owner of Tuba Group to pay the wages for the month of July and the outstanding overtime amounts,” BGMEA President Atiqul Islam said.

At the meeting, the labour leaders placed three demands – to ensure payment of Eid bonuses, keeping factories operational and not to harass the workers by law enforcement agencies.

However, the issues of Eid bonuses and job security were not discussed while the government assured that the workers would not be harassed.
The five units are Tuba Fashion, Tuba Textile, Mita Design, Taif Design and Bughsan Garments.
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* Delwar sells land, Tuba workers to get July wages:

Tuba garments workers will be paid their July wages and overtime today, Sunday, at the office of BGMEA, the association of garment factory owners. Tuba’s owner Delwar will pay the dues. BGMEA has asked for a few more days to pay the Eid bonus.

BGMEA sources say that 1495 workers of Tuba will be paid about 13 million taka today in wages and overtime. Delwar has sold 16 kathas of land in Uttar Badda for 35.2 million taka. However, he had already used this land as collateral to take 27 million taka as loan and so will be now collecting 8.2 million taka from here. He is reportedly selling some other land to arrange the funds.

Another meeting was held yesterday at the Parliament Members Club of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday, Saturday, attended by BGMEA leaders, labour leaders and the government side. Prior to that, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan met with BGMEA leaders in his office. State Minister for Labour Mujibul Huq, BGMEA President Atiqul Islam and others of the association were present.

At yesterday’s meeting the labour leaders drew the attention of the State Minister for Labour, asking for Eid bonus to be paid and that the factory should be kept running. They said that workers should not be harassed with any cases filed against them.
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* RMG strike garners lukewarm response:

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Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee brings out a procession from National Press Club in Dhaka in support of its strike at apparel units on Saturday.
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Readymade garment factories in the country carried out work as usual on Saturday during the strike called by Tuba Group Sramik Sangam Parishad.

The nationwide dawn to dusk strike had been called to protest the attack on workers of Tuba Group, who had been holding a hunger strike for 11 days, on Thursday. Police on Thursday stormed a factory of the group at Hossain Market in Badda in the capital and drove out the strikers using rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas. Ten people, including newsmen, were injured.
The strike passed off almost without incident, besides police intervention in some places to resist picketers in the outskirts of the capital.

Labour leaders, however, said they were chased out by ‘police and goons’ in various places when they gathered to picket, and brought out a procession in the capital and Narayanganj in support of the strike.
Owners said the strike did not have any influence over the regular activities of factories.

Kazi Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Sramik Trade Union Centre, one of the allies of Sangram Parishad, alleged that police and goons dispersed gatherings and chased away workers at different industrial areas, including Ashulia, Savar, Tongi, Gazipur, Dakkhin Khan, Tejgaon and Lalbagh.
Some workers brought out processions and staged rallies at Chashara and Press Club in Narayanganj and other areas.
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* Tuba’s July pay today; due bonus undecided:

No Strike At Garment Factories

Tuba Group has agreed to pay today overtime and wages for July to its workers, who called a strike yesterday in garment factories to press home their demand of full payment at a time.

Their call for strike, however, fizzled out as all the factories remained open and they did not get much support from other garment workers.
The arrears will be given today from 2:00pm at the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) headquarters.
The decision came at a meeting between the owners of Tuba Group and representatives of BGMEA, workers and the government at the Parliament Members Club yesterday.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan and State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu were there.

However, decision on payment of the Eid bonuses and resuming production in all five factories of the group remained uncertain.
”The owner will pay the bonus later,” Atiqul Islam, BGMEA president told The Daily Star over the phone. He, however, did not make it clear when the bonuses would be paid. Khokon Mia, a worker of the Tuba Group, was unhappy.
“We want all payment at one go. The BGMEA has been taking time for payment which is not right,” he said.
The meeting was held at a time when Tuba Group Shramik Sangram Committee, a temporary platform of 15-trade union organisations, called upon workers in garment industrial areas to take part in a strike to help nearly 1,600 of their fellow workers get due pays.

Tight security, inadequate campaign for the strike, fear of detention by police, job loss and lack of willingness among workers resulted in the strake falling flat on its face, sources said.
Additional police were deployed in Savar and Ashulia industrial areas to avoid any untoward incidents, reports our Savar correspondent.
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* Strike call draws lukewarm response:

Tuba workers to get July dues today

Apparel workers’ strike call drew lukewarm response Saturday amid a decision in a meeting on the day that the Tuba Group authority would pay the workers’ dues for the month of July Sunday.

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain agreed in a meeting Saturday with Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) board of directors at the National Parliament Complex to pay his workers the wages and overtime bills for July Sunday, according to bdnews24.com.

“It has been decided that unpaid wages and overtime bills for July, amounting to Tk 11.7 million, will be paid to workers of the Tuba Group’s five factories Sunday,” BGMEA Vice President SM Mannan Kochi said after the meeting.

The payment of wages will start at BGMEA Bhaban at 2:00 pm. It was decided in another meeting with 35 labour organisations, said BGMEA President Atikul Islam.

However, according to an FE report, most of the garment factories functioned as usual on the day despite the strike call by the Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Parishad.
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* BNP trying to instigate RMG violence, says Nasim:

Health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim alleged that Bangladesh Nationalist Party instigated the garment workers to create chaos in the country.

He said the BNP leaders should get prepared for the next national election in 2019 as no political party can survive without election.
He was addressing a discussion organised by Bangladesh Chhatra League at the Public Library auditorium, marking the birth anniversary of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and Sheikh Kamal.
Nasim said that BNP was hatching conspiracy against the government to thwart development of the country.
‘The country is running in a peaceful atmosphere but BNP is trying to create chaos again through conspiracy. As part of their plot, they are instigating the garment workers,’ Nasim added.
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* Slow Tuba move upsets Suranjit:

Former railways minister and senior Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta has expressed his displeasure at the ‘delay’ in resolving the issues regarding payment of overdue salaries and allowances of Tuba Group workers.

Speaking at a discussion in the city, he said these problems could have been solved earlier if ‘sincere approach’ had been made. Suranjit, the ruling party’s Advisory Council member, however, praised the shipping minister and the state minister for labour and employment for ‘solving the problems’.

Around 1,600 workers of the five Tuba Group garment factories observed a hunger strike for nearly two weeks at Hossain Super Market at Uttar Badda to press for their three months’ unpaid wages, overtime dues, and Eid bonus.
Sengupta said the initiatives the shipping minister and state minister for labour have taken could have been taken much earlier.
If that had happened, the situation would not have boiled to this point, according to bdnews24.com.
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* Tuba garment: A lesson needs to be learned:

The police crackdown on the peaceful workers of the Tuba Garment factory was unfortunate.

The government and the BGMEA failed to handle the matter properly.
In the beginning they did not pay attention to the grievance of the workers.
The workers should also remember that by vandalising and creating anarchy they will not only damage the national economy but also the business which gives them and their families their bread and butter.
We should not politicise such sensitive issues.
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* Operation ‘smooth’ at RMG units amid strike call:

Despite Tuba Group workers’ call for strike at all garment factories across the country today,  activities at major garment producing areas has been learnt to be continuing without any disruption.

No such work abstention is being observed in Savar, Narayanganj and Gazipur.

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee called the strike demanding that the garment authorities pay their arrears in full, cancel the bail of Tuba Group’s owner Delwar Hossain and stop terminating the workers.

Operations were going on normally at every garment factories in Gazipur, said Assistant Director of Gazipur Industrial Police Abdul Khaleque.

Also normalcy has been reported at the factories in Savar in the outskirt of capital Dhaka, Md Mostafizur Rahman, director of Industrial Police-1, Dhaka (Ashulia) confirmed to The Daily Star.
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* Benazir: Police did not act cruel on Tuba workers:

DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed has claimed that police had not acted hardhearted on the agitated workers of Tuba garments on Thursday.

He said: “The Tuba Group workers had been dispersed from factory on security purpose.”
The DMP boss made the statement while addressing a book launching programme at capital’s Police Lines auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
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* No disruption in RMG production despite strike:

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 UNB 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.
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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.
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* Tuba owner to pay workers for July on Sunday:

The workers were also expected to get their Eid bonuses soon.

“It was decided that unpaid wages and overtime for July, amounting to Tk 11.7 million, would be paid to workers of the Tuba Group’s five factories tomorrow (Sunday),” BGMEA Vice President SM Mannan Kochi told bdnews24.com after the meeting.
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* Strike ‘ineffective’ at Dhaka, Chittagong factories:

A number of workers at Tuba Group owned factories went on a hunger strike demanding outstanding salaries of three months and bonuses.
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* Apparel strike receives lukewarm response:

A daylong strike in garment factories called by Sramik Sangram Parishad in protest of Thursday’s police action in a factory received lukewarm responses as most of the workers joined their works on Saturday, factory owners and labour leaders said.

‘I am not notified about any problems in my factories till this afternoon,’ said Abdus Salam Murshedy, a former president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. Kazi Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Sramik Trade Union Centre, one of the allies of Sangram Parishad, acknowledged that they could not enforce the strike properly due to what he said ‘police and terrors’ obstacles.’

The police chased the workers to disperse their gatherings at different industrial locations, such as, Ashulia, Savar, Tongi, Gazipur, Dakkhin Khan, Tejgaon and Lalbagh, witnesses said. Some workers brought out processions and staged rallies at Chashara and Press Club in Narayanganj and other areas of the country.
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* Dawn-to-dusk strike at garment factories today:

Samajtantrik Mahila Forum and Women Cell of the Communist Party of Bangladesh also formed a one-hour human chain at the same venue at 3:00 pm

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Parishad will enforce today a dawn-to-dusk strike at all garment factories  across the country, protesting against the police attacks on the workers of Tuba Group.

Sangram Parishad, a combine of 15 garment workers’ rights bodies, announced the strike on Thursday and also demanded immediate payment of Eid bonus, overdue wages of Tuba Group workers and cancellation of the bail the High Court granted to Delowar Hossain, owner of the group.
To press home their demands, they staged demonstrations in the garment belt yesterday.

Garment Sramik Oikya Forum formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club for an hour from 11:00am, protesting against the police attacks on the Tuba workers.

Chaired by central leader of the organisation Shahidul Islam Sabuj, the programme was addressed, among others, by its central leader Mominur Rahman Mobin.

Samajtantrik Mahila Forum and Women Cell of the Communist Party of Bangladesh also formed a one-hour human chain at the same venue at 3:00 pm.

The leaders of the organisations condemned the police attacks on the workers of Tuba Group.
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The leaders and activists of Sangram Parishad yesterday held rallies in different garment industrial belts, including Narayanganj, Kanchpur, Siddhirganj, Chittagong, Ashulia, Savar, Tongi, Tejgaon and Mirpur in support of today’s strike.

However, the people of Badda and Hossain Market areas yesterday got tensed up as a huge number of police were patrolling the area along with riot cars and water cannons.

The Dhaka Tribune correspondent found that most of the shops at Hossain Market were closed on Friday, a day after police foiled Tuba workers’ hunger strike, using tear gas and rubber bullets and forcing them to leave the area.

Although the police surrounded the area of Tuba garments, presence of workers was zero on the day.

Asked about the deployment of huge police, Mahbub Hasan, additional deputy commissioner of police of Gulshan division, told the Dhaka Tribune that law enforcers kept patrolling the area to avert any unwanted situation.

When asked about any clash, he said he had no information about it. “We do not want to take any risk and that’s why law enforcers are guarding the area.”

The workers of a factory yesterday demonstrated at Kaliakoir in Gazipur, saying that they had been cheated in the name of meeting their eight-point demand, including overtime bills and production bonus.
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* Suranjit upset over Tuba settlement delay:

Senior Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta has expressed his displeasure ar the ‘delay’ in resolving the issues regarding payment of overdue salaries and allowances of Tuba Group workers.

Speaking at a discussion in Dhaka on Friday, he said these problems could have been solved earlier if ‘sincere approach’ had been made.

Sengupta, a member of ruling party’s Advisory Council, however, praised the shipping minister, state minister for labour and employment and BGMEA for ‘solving the problems’ .

Around 1,600 workers of the five Tuba Group factories have been on a hunger strike for nearly two weeks to press for their three months’ unpaid wages, overtime dues, and allowances.

Sengupta said the initiatives the shipping minister and state minister for labour have taken could have been taken much earlier. If that had happened, the situation would not have boiled to this point .

He criticised the ‘uncompromising attitudes of extremist Left politics’ and said those doing Left politics in trade unions have to consider the ‘real situation of politics’.
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* RMG workers to observe strike today:

Tuba Group Sramik Sangam Parishad on Friday urged workers of all garment factories across the country to make successful today’s strike called in protest at Thursday’s police action against the agitating workers at Badda.

Tuba Group workers had observed an 11-day hunger strike till Thursday to press home their demands for payment of three months’ wages, festival allowance and cancellation of the bail granted by the High Court to the owner of the group Delwer Hossain.

Police on Thursday stormed a factory of group at Hossain Market at Badda in the capital and drove out the hunger strikers using rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas leaving at least 10 of them, including newsmen, injured.
In protest against the police action, the Tuba Group Sramik Sangarm Parishad had announced a dawn-to-dusk strike in all garment factories across the country for today.
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* Workers strike at RMG factories across Bangladesh Saturday:

Tuba Group, who are into the second week of a hunger strike for pay, have called for a strike at all readymade garment factories across Bangladesh on Saturday.

The worker action committee are pressing for several demands including payment of all dues to all workers.
The committee’s announcement came through a statement sent to the media on Friday night.

The statement, signed by Garment Workers Trade Union Centre’s General Secretary Qazi Ruhul Amin, said the strike was called demanding payment of dues to all garment workers across the country.

They are also demanding exemplary punishment to Tuba Group Managing Director Delwar Hossain after scrapping his bail, a stop to sacking and harassment of workers and filing cases against them.

The strike is also to protest against the arrests of agitating labour leaders and attack on the workers.

While on a hunger strike at Badda’s Tuba garment factory on Aug 5, Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee Convenor Moshrefa Mishu had threatened to call a strike across Bangladesh’s industrial zones for Saturday.
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* Partial victory for Tuba workers:

The owner of the Tuba Group, aided by the government, the apparel exporters’ group Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association, broke the movement that workers of five clothing factories of the group had waged since July 28, a day before Eid-ul-Fitr that was celebrated the next day, for the payment of wages for May, June and July and the festival allowance before the movement could finish.

The police and hired goons barged into the Tuba Group factory at Badda in the capital Dhaka on
Thursday, as New Age reported on Friday, and drove out people, apparel workers and some political and
rights group leaders, who had been on hunger strike demanding the payment of the workers.

The group owner, Delwar Hossain, pawned about 1,200 people workers of the five clothing factories, who were forced to go on hunger strike to exert pressure on the authorities to pay them their dues, including the festival allowance, for his security from the other crimes that he had committed earlier.
He had been in jail since February 2014 after his arrest on surrender in the case of fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd, in which at least 112 died on November 24, 2012.
What he did in securing his bail and release from jail is also unethical — he forced the workers to pass Eid starved on the factory premises at Badda, with their families, living in outlying districts remaining, in all probability, ill-fed, half-fed or starved.

After Delwar Hossain’s release from jail, while the BGMEA was disbursing wages, the police along with hired goons stormed into the factory and detained Garment Workers’ Unity Forum president Mushrefa Mishu, was leading the hunger strike, along with several other labour rights leaders. Delwar Hossain is now out of prison and it is all quiet on the factory premises.

Only the workers are left uncertain about getting their festival allowance.
It was, however, a partial win on part of the workers.
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* Vigilance beefed up as strike today at RMG hubs:

25 hurt as workers clash with police

Vigilance and security in and around the country’s apparel hubs have been stepped up to avert any untoward incident as workers’ groups have planned to  observe a dawn-to-dusk strike at their units today (Saturday).

Following intelligence reports of possible violence at industrial belts like Ashulia, Savar, Gazipur and Dhaka, industrial police increased the number of law enforcers there to protect the readymade garment (RMG) units from any violence.

Seeking anonymity, a senior security official said they had intelligence reports that some of the key apparel industrial zones could face violent labour protest during the strike hours that could also lead to production suspension.

“We took the report very seriously and all kinds of preparation have been taken to ensure smooth production at the factories,” he said, adding that activities of leaders of the labour groups came under their close watch. The measure was taken to prevent any possible incident of violence.

When contacted, Deputy Inspector General (Industrial Police) Abdus Salam said all the officials of the force had been instructed to remain alert with respect to the strike, which was called by Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee to realise their five-point demand, including full payment of workers’ arrears of five factories of the group.

“We’ll not allow any troublemaker in the highly sensitive apparel belts,” he said, adding that police members, both in uniform and plainclothes, have already been posted on duty in this connection.

Meanwhile, at least 25 people, mostly apparel workers, were injured Friday as protesting workers clashed with police at Uttara, Ashulia, Savar, Konabari and Mawna when they held rallies in protest against Thursday’s police action on agitating Tuba workers.

More than 15 workers’ groups under the banner of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee staged protest rallies in all the apparel industrial zones to back the strike, scheduled to be observed today.

Talking to the FE, Mohammad Shahjahan, a workers’ leader who was assigned to coordinate the movement at Ashulia, said they brought out a procession in the apparel manufacturing belt.

When the peaceful procession reached the Fantasy Kingdom at Jamgora in Ashulia at about 4:45pm, police swing into action against them and that left at least 12 people injured. Another workers’ leader, Emdadul Islam, said their procession was also foiled by police at Savar that caused injuries to 10 people.
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* RMG labour unrest:

It should be fairly resolved immediately

The incident at Tuba group is a typical example of how we managed to turn an isolated incident of workers’ disgruntlement over pay issues into a national issue.

With the deployment of high-handed measures in an effort to forcibly clear the premises of what was essentially a peaceful gathering of workers, we have managed to put the international spotlight back on the RMG sector.
Overnight, an incident of agitating workers in a single factory has become a national issue that threatens wider labour unrest in the RMG sector.

We question the logic behind the use of police, especially when arrears over back pay and Eid festivity bonus were in the process of being paid.
There are serious questions as to why even after the Managing Director of the Tuba Group was released on bail he has not been available to redress the issue of pay and bonus.
At a time when the country is being watched by important international buyers of RMG and progress on the tripartite agreement on safety of workers at the workplace is coming up for review, surely we could have done better than allow a one-factory issue becoming a national one.
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* Police foil demo for Tuba workers:

Strike called in garment industry for today

Law enforcers did not allow garment workers to stage their prescheduled demonstrations at Savar and Ashulia industrial areas yesterday.

A group of workers tried to demonstrate in Ashulia around 5:00pm, demanding payment of three months’ wages and Eid bonuses for workers of five units of Tuba Group.
“Law enforcers beat the workers to thwart the demonstration,” alleged Shahidul Islam Sabuj, finance secretary of Garment Workers Unity Forum.
A total of 10 workers injured in Savar and Ashulia, he claimed.
But police outright denied the allegation.

“There’s no question of any worker getting injured … Two groups of workers gathered at Jamgora-Fantasy Kingdom area in Ashulia and in front of Rana Plaza site in Savar. Each group had 20-25 people. They ran away when local police chased them,” said Md Mustafizur Rahman, director of Industrial Police-1, Dhaka (Ashulia).
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* Cops foil Tuba demo in Ashulia, Savar:

Garment workers and leaders could not organise their pre-scheduled demonstration in Savar and Ashulia today as law enforcers did not let them.

A group of workers tried to stage demonstration in Ashulia at 5:00pm but police foiled the programme.

“Workers stopped demonstration after seeing police,” Officer-in-Charge of Ashulia Police Station SM Badrul Alam told The Daily Star.

But a number of worker leaders claimed that police beat up the workers.

Law enforces have beaten up the workers to stop demonstration, said Shahidul Islam Sabuj, finance secretary of Garment Workers Unity Forum.

A total of ten workers were injured in Savar and more ten in Ashulia, he said.

Tuba Group Shramik Sangram Committee, a temporary platform of labour rights organisations, called a strike in garment factories across the country for Saturday demanding salaries for three months and Eid bonuses.
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* Tight security in front of Badda RMG units:

Security measures have been beefed up in front of Readymade Garment factories in city’s Badda area to avert any untoward situation following ongoing workers’ unrest.

Huge police members are seen taking position in front of Tuba Garment, Fuji Tower, Holland center, Lutfun Tower in the area from Friday morning.

Armored Car of police (ACP), water cannon kept on alert on the spot to tackle any unexpected incidents for workers’ strike.

Regarding the matter, Badda thana officer-in-charge M A Jalil told banglanews that on Thursday, demonstrating RMG workers blocked road, vandalized vehicles, clashed with police over due salaries and bonuses.  They also called workers’ strike for Friday. So, we beefed up security measures in the area.
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* RMG workers to stage demo today :

Agitating workers of Tuba group will stage demonstrations on Friday protesting ‘police attacks’ on them and demanding payment of their dues.

Amid the confusion of salary disbursement, the garment workers on Thursday backtracked from their indefinite countrywide strike but announced demonstrations for Friday while a countrywide strike on Saturday.

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee made the revised programme following changed scenario.

Earlier, Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum, had announced the indefinite countrywide indefinite strike on behalf of the workers when she was arrested by police in front of Tuba Group factory in the city’s Badda area on Thursday.
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* Police storm Tuba factory, drive protesters out:

The police on Thursday stormed a factory of Tuba Group at Badda in the capital and drove out the workers who had been on a hunger strike there for last 11 days for wage arrears and festival allowance.

Police fired rubber bullets, used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the workers leaving at least 10 of them, including newsmen, injured.

At least 1,200 workers of five factories of Tuba Group — Tuba Textiles, Tuba Fashions, Mita Designs, Taif Designs and Bughsan Garments — had been on the hunger strike since July 28 at Hossain Market at Badda, demanding wages for May, June and July along with overtime bills and festival allowance.

From Thursday morning, workers from different nearby garment factories started gathering in front of the Tuba factory building to express their solidarity with the hunger striking workers but police swung into action to disperse them triggering clashes.
The stone-hurling workers damaged over 50 vehicles forcing traffic to halt on Badda road for two hours.
A contingent of police barged into the factory housed on the seventh floor of Hossain Market and drove the workers out charging batons and leaving at least 10 people, including newsmen, injured.

The police detained Garment Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu, who was leading the hunger strike, Garment Workers Trade Union Centre joint general secretary Joly Talukder and several others during the drive, according to garment workers’ leader Zahirul Islam. Police later in the night released Mishu.
Tuba Group Sramik Sangarm Parishad, announced a dawn-to-dusk industrial strike in all garment factories across the country for Saturday in protest against the police action.
The organisation will also stage demonstrations at different garment factories today.
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* Tuba workers may not get Eid bonus:

The workers of apparel factories owned by Tuba Group, who have been on a hunger strike since the day before Eid, are likely to be deprived of festival allowances, on grounds that the law does not provide workers with compulsory entitlement to Eid bonus.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Atiqul Islam on Wednesday said, at a press briefing, that it was ‘completely up’ to the owner of Tuba group whether he would provide Eid bonus to the workers, as there is no specific rule in this regard in the labour law.

After a tripartite meeting between the government, BGMEA and a section of labour leaders, shipping minister Shajahan Khan on Sunday had announced that wages of the workers of five garment factories owned by Tuba Group, for May and June, would be paid on August 6.

Tazreen Fashions, in which at least 117 workers died during a fire accident in November 2012, is one of the five factories owned by Tuba Group.
The Minister had further said that wages for July would be paid by August 10 by the factory authorities, while the rest, including festival allowance, would be cleared after the owner, who had been jailed for his culpability in the Tazreen fire, was released.
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* End Tuba Group workers’ woes:

Women activists urge govt and BGMEA

A group of civil society organisations yesterday urged the government and garment factory owners’ association to resolve the standoff over unpaid wages of Tuba Group workers without any further delay.

Otherwise, the hunger strike enforced by the workers for two weeks now could snowball into a nationwide movement, they said.
“If a countrywide movement is formed, things might go out of control,” said Farida Akhter, executive director of Policy Research for Development Alternative or UBINIG, a nongovernmental organisation.

The rights activist spoke at a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the city.
Songkhubddho Nari Samaj, a platform of more than a dozen civil society organisations and rights groups, organised the programme to express solidarity with the workers of Tuba Group. Some of the workers of the garment maker have been on hunger strike since July 28 to realise wages of the past three months, overtime dues and Eid bonuses.
They alleged that the wages and other benefits were unpaid purposefully to compel the workers into the protest movement to free Tuba Group Managing Director Delwar Hossain from jail.

Hossain had been detained until Tuesday in a case linked with a 2012 fire that killed 112 people at Tazreen Fashions, a garment unit of Tuba Group in Ashulia. “Delwar Hossain was freed through the protest of the workers,” said Kamrun Nahar, a member of Naripokkho, a women’s activist organisation.

She said police did not allow anybody, even doctors and nurses, to contact the striking workers at the Tuba Group factory in Badda. “Who will take the responsibility if any worker dies because of starvation?” she questioned.

The platform, which brought out a procession in the capital on Monday to urge the government and BGMEA to end the impasse, strongly denounced the release of Hossain on bail and demanded cancellation of the bail immediately.
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* Crackdown on Tuba workers:

Workers driven away from protest site to take partial salaries

Police yesterday clamped down on Tuba Group workers in a bid to force them to break an 11-day hunger strike and take a portion of their outstanding salaries.

Around noon the law enforcers drove nearly 1,000 workers away from the protest site by using teargas and pepper spray inside the garment maker’s 12-storey factory building in North Badda in the capital.
The workers had been staging protests in the building — around 300 of them on hunger strike — since July 28, the day before the Eid festival.
The arrears were for the months of May, June and July, including overtime bills and Eid bonuses.
Dejected, hundreds of workers, including the injured ones, went to the BGMEA office in the afternoon to receive two months’ salaries offered by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) earlier.

Meanwhile, Tuba Group Shramik Sangram Committee, a temporary platform of left-leaning labour rights organisations, called strike in garment factories across the country tomorrow.

“Police were asking us to leave the place. Suddenly 15-20 police personnel stormed into the seventh floor and started spraying pepper on us,” said Minhazul Haque Nahid, a 23-year-old agitating worker of Tuba Group.

“My eyes, nostrils and throat were burning. I couldn’t see anything,” he said.
“We were on protests due to our hardship. What is our fault?” said a sobbing Bijli Begum, after being thrown out of the protest site.

Amid police action, workers were seen coming out rubbing their bloodshot eyes.
However, police denied the allegation of driving the workers away. “We did not force the workers to leave the site,” said MA Jalil, officer-in-charge of Badda police station.

Another worker, Rubi Akhter, said: “I was hit by the pepper spray from a close distance and fell on the ground. Later my colleagues helped me come out of the building.”
Three hours before the police action, water supply to the building was cut, some workers said.
Workers were seen hanging ropes from the top floors of the building to collect drinking water from their relatives and colleagues outside.
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* Police drive out Tuba workers:

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Police chase Tuba garment workers as they were observing an indefinite strike demanding their overdue wages and Eid bonus yesterday . The photo was taken from Badda

Strike called in factories across the country for tomorrow

Police yesterday drove Tuba Group workers out of their factory where they had been on an indefinite hunger strike for the last 11 days demanding their overdue wages and Eid bonus.

Police used rubber bullets, teargas canisters and water canon to disperse the agitating workers on the factory premises in the capital.

Around 30 workers including photojournalists of different media houses sustained injuries in the police assault. Agitating workers in retaliation vandalised at least 20 vehicles on the road in front of the factory.

The clash has suspended all traffic movement in the area for one and a half hours from 12.30pm.

Police also picked up Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garments Sramik Oikya Forum and Bangladesh Trade Union Centre’s Assistant General Secretary Jolly Talukder, after evicting them from the factory.

However, Mishu was released after six hours of her arrest.

Before her arrest Mishu alleged that police had forcefully evicted the workers from the factory although they were observing a peaceful demonstration.
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* Police attack on Tuba workers condemned:

Different socio-political and labourers’ organisations yesterday condemned police’s attack on the workers of Tuba Group garment factories, who were staging a hunger strike demanding to be paid three months’ arrears and Eid bonuses.

They termed the attack a gross violation of human rights.
A few hundred workers had been in the strike since July 28 but police ousted them from inside the factories at the capital’s Badda, using tear gas and batons yesterday.
The Tuba authorities, backed by police, also confined over 1,000 workers to the factories for hours Wednesday in allegedly to quell their ongoing protests for full payment.
In a statement, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the attack was comparable to those in the medieval age.
He demanded that the government take proper initiatives for full payment of their arrears.
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* Strike at apparel hubs tomorrow:

Payment of July salary on Aug 10

Agitating workers of the Tuba Group called Thursday strike at apparel factories across the country for Saturday after they had been forcibly driven out of the venue of their hunger strike in the city by the police in the afternoon.

The leaders of the Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee at a rally held in the evening in protest against the police action announced the strike.

Earlier the Sangram Committee’s coordinator Mushrefa Mishu called an indefinite strike with effect from Thursday before being arrested by the police on the day. She, however, was released later on the day.

About the announcement of Mishu the leaders said the non-stop strike call was an immediate reaction of her in the face of police action.

On the 11th straight day of their hunger strike, police stormed into the 6th floor of the Hossain Super Market at Badda in the city, where the workers of the five Tuba Group units had been on a hunger strike demanding full payment of their wage arrears. The police fired teargas shells and rubber bullets to disperse them.

In the face of the police action the agitators came out of the 12-storey supermarket, which houses three Tuba factories. They took to the streets protesting against the police action. It led to chase and counter-chase between the workers and the law enforcers.

In an immediate reaction, Mushrefa Mishu, also President of Garment Workers Unity Forum, told reporters that police had baton charged the workers, who had been sick because of the hunger strike, forcing them to vacate the venue.

“Indefinite strike will be observed from today (Thursday) at all apparel units and their ongoing hunger strike will also be observed at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital, unless their demands are met,” she said.
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* Workers queue for dues as police foil agitation:

Until 3:30pm, a total 450 workers received their two months’ wages

The queue of Tuba Group workers present to pick up overdue wages for the month of May and June, promised by the BGMEA, increased after the law enforcers yesterday evacuated its factory building by charging batons on the agitating workers around noon.

In the morning, the flow of workers at the BGMEA headquarters was very thin. Until around 11:30am, only 60 workers went there to receive wages.
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* Pay by Sunday or face legal action:

State minister Mujibul Haque Chunnu warns Tuba owners

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Activists of the ruling Awami League beat up a Tuba Group worker in the capital yesterday as workers demonstrated for arrears. Photo: Amran Hossain

The government will take legal action against Tuba Group should it fail to clear its workers’ dues by Sunday, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu said yesterday.

Factory owners have to clear their payroll for a calendar month within the first ten days of the following month as per the labour law, he said at a press conference yesterday at the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association’s office.
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* Bangladesh police fire tear gas at garment workers on hunger strike: union official:

Bangladesh police have fired tear gas and stormed a garment factory where workers were staging a hunger strike over pay, a union official says.

The police, armed with batons, forced 400 workers to flee the factory in the capital Dhaka where they had been holding a 10-day strike to demand back pay and a holiday bonus, the official said.

Bangladesh’s garment industry, the world’s second largest, which supplies top Western retailers such as Wal-Mart and H&M, has a woeful history of poor pay and conditions for its four million workers.

“Police fired tear gas and baton charged us, they forced us out of the factory, where we were staging the hunger strike,” said Moshrefa Mishu, head of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee, which represents 15 garment unions.

An AFP reporter at the scene saw workers running out of the factory crying due to the tear gas, while others were bleeding from head injuries.
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* Mishu freed:

The police on Thursday evening released labour leader Mushrefa Mishu, who has been struggling to realise demands of Tuba Group workers, hours after her detention.

DB police freed Mishu at about 8:00pm, said Shahidul Islam Sabuj, a central leader of the Garments Sramik Oikya Forum. He also expected that the other detained leaders kept at Badda police will get release immediately.

The police detained 3 top apparel workers’ leaders, including Mushrefa Mishu, storming into a factory of troubled Tuba Group at Badda in the capital, where the workers were on hunger strike since July 28, this afternoon.
The police firing rubber bullets and teargas shells have vacated the Tuba Group factory premises where its workers had been observing a hunger strike unto death programme demanding payment of their wages and other arrears.
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* RMG workers backtrack from strike, call demo:

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Amid the confusion of salary disbursement, agitating garment workers on Thursday backtracked from their indefinite countrywide strike but announced demonstrations for Friday while a countrywide strike on Saturday protesting ‘police attacks’ on them and the arrest of their leaders.

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee made the revised programme following changed scenario.

Earlier, Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum, had announced the indefinite countrywide indefinite strike on behalf of the workers when she was arrested by police in front of Tuba Group factory in the city’s Badda area.

Before being picked up by Badda police, Mishu told reporters that the workers would continue their hunger strike at Central Shaheed Minar.

However, Garment Workers Unity Forum Finance Secretary and Mishu’s spokesperson Shahidul Islam Sabuj told UNB that they have postponed the hunger-strike programme. “We’ll let you know if there is any further decision about it.”
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“Only 20 workers are left so far to receive their salaries,” BGMEA vice president M Shahidullah Azim told UNB.

However, Garment Workers Unity Forum rejected BGMEA’s claim and termed it a blatant lie.
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* Chunnu: Tuba workers’ July due payment Sunday:

State Minister for Labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu has said Tuba workers’ due salary of July will be given on Sunday.

The junior minister made the statement in a press conference at BGMEA building in the capital on Thursday afternoon.

“We have talked with the garment owners about the payment. We asked them to ensure the workers’ payment by any means,” said Chunnu.
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* BNP condemns attack on Tuba workers:

The BNP has condemned the police attack on the agitating Tuba Group workers alleging that such type of attack on the labourers can be compared only to the age of barbarism.

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the statement in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“Police attack on the workers proved that the country has been running by the criminals not by the rule of law,” he said.
The BNP spokesperson said: “When the common people, various political and social organisations raised their voices demanding the dues of Tuba workers, a section of BGMEA leaders patron by the government and Tuba garments authorities remained silent.”
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* Nearly 1000 Tuba workers received payment:

Some 1000 Tuba Group workers out of 1,458 have received their last two months’ salaries offered by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Till filing of this report at 3:30pm, some 450 workers have the dues on Thursday.
On Wednesday, only 583 out of 1,458 workers received the partial dues from the BGMEA, said BGMEA official Rafiqul Islam.
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* Nationwide strike in apparel units for Saturday:

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Parishad called countrywide dawn to dusk strike in garment factories on Saturday protesting against the police attacks on the workers of the Tuba Group

The group will also hold demonstrations in the garment industrial belts on Friday.
Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Parishad leader Zahirul Islam announced the programmes on Thursday afternoon at a protest rally in front of the National Press Club.

He condemned the ‘barbaric’ police attacks on the workers of the Tuba Group taking part in the 11 day fast un to death at Hossain Market in North Badda.

Police detained the president of Garments Sramik Oikya Forum, Mushrefa Mishu, Garments Workers Trade Union Centre joint general secretary Joly Talukder and others during the police action, Zahirul alleged.
Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of the eight left leaning political parties at protest
rally in front of the Press Club, extend their support to the strike programme of the garment  workers and also hold countrywide protest rallies on Saturday.

Communist Party of Bangladesh and Socialist Party of Bangladesh leaders at a protest rally in the same venue also extend support to the strike of the garment workers.

Meanwhile, the state minister for labour and employment, Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, at a news conference at Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association office asked the labour leaders not to wage ‘unnecessary’ programme that would hamper the country’s apparels sector, which is
now at a stable position.
‘Those who taken hunger strike programme for the sake of workers, they gained success. Is there any necessity of waging fresh programme?’ he asked.
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* CCC News flash: violent crackdown of Tuba protest Bangladesh:

Clean Clothes Campaign demands the immediate release of union leader Moshrefa Mishu and all others and calls for an end to the violence against the worker’s strike in Bangladesh.

The protesting women announced a nation-wide strike of all garment producing factories this week if they do not receive three months salaries and allowances owed to them by garment producer Tuba Group.

President of the Garment Workers Unity Forum Moshrefa Mishu was arrested today when police stormed into a factory of Tuba Group in Dhaka, firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters to disperse workers who were observing indefinite hunger strike demanding their three months’ salary and bonuses in full.

Police also arrested Jolly Talukder, joint seceretary of the Bangladesh Trade Union Center and Monjur Moin, labour leader from the Communist party.

Hundreds of workers from five Tuba Group factories have been protesting since the day before Eid. More than 100 workers collapsed and 17 have been hospitalized since the hunger strike began on Monday 28th July.

We urge garment producer Tuba Group in Bangladesh to immediately pay all outstanding wages and bonuses to 1,600 of their employees.
We stand in solidarity with the Tuba workers who enter the 11th day of their hunger strike demanding payment of their wages, overtime dues and allowances for the months of May, June and July including their Eid bonus.
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* RMG workers announce countrywide indefinite strike:

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Agitating garment workers on Thursday announced an indefinite countrywide strike with immediate effect protesting ‘police attacks’ on the garment workers and their arrest and aiming to protect their rights.

Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum, made the announcement on behalf of the workers when she was arrested by police in front of Tuba Group factory in the city’s Badda area.
Before being picked by Badda police, Mishu told reporters that the workers would continue their hunger strike at Central Shaheed Minar.

Police also arrested Bangladesh Trade Union Center’s joint secretary Jolly Talukder shortly after her removal from Tuba Group factory at Hossain Market, Badda.
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* Bangladesh police forcibly end garment workers’ strike:

Bangladesh police used water cannons and teargas on Thursday to disperse hundreds of garment workers staging a hunger-strike to demand back-pay and a holiday bonus.

The authorities also detained union leaders as well as some workers who smashed vehicles and pelted police with stones to show solidarity with their colleagues on strike.

About 1,600 workers from five factories of the Tuba Group have been on hunger strike since July 28, demanding the payment of salary for three months, overtime and a holiday bonus. The Tuba Group owned the plant at which 112 workers were killed in 2012 in Bangladesh’s worst factory fire.

Officials at the company were not available for comment.
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* Police detain Mishu, Doly as workers vandalise vehicles:

The police detained 3 top apparel workers’ leaders, including Mushrefa Mishu, in a drive at the city’s troubled Tuba Group factory premises this afternoon.

The police have vacated the Tuba Group factory premises where its workers had been observing a hunger strike unto death programme demanding payment of their wages and other arrears.

Several hundred police personnel took part in the operation which lasted almost an hour, witnesses said.
The workers, after coming out of the factory, vandalized dozens of cars and other vehicles, the witnesses claimed. The streets around the premises at Central Badda were shut to traffic for almost 2 hours, beginning at around 12.30pm, witnesses said.

The other detained leaders are: Doly Talukder and Akbar Hossain.
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* Police evict protesting Tuba workers:

Police have evicted Tuba Group workers from the factory where they have been on a hunger-strike for the last ten days.

They entered the factory premises around 1.15 pm, lobbed tear gas canisters and charged with batons.
The workers, who were protesting for three months due salary and festival allowances since July 28, were driven out.
More than 200 workers rushed out in panic from the factory at the sixth floor of ‘Hossain Market’ in Dhaka’s Badda area.

Police also evicted labour activists including Garments Sramik Oikya Forum President Moshrefa Mishu and Bangladesh Trade Union Centre’s Assistant General Secretary Jolly Talukder, who were with the workers in the factory
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* Police detain garment workers’ leader Mushrefa Mishu:

The main leader of the Tuba Group factory workers’ hunger strike programme, Mushrefa Mishu, has been detained by police, according to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association source.

However, Badda police neither acknowledged, nor denied her detention.
Mishu is the president of Garment Sramik Oikya Forum and has been leading the hunger strike programme by the Tuba Group factory workers in the city.
It was not known immediately, what were the charges, if any, against her.
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* Police detain Mishu, Doly as workers vandalise vehicles:

The police detained 3 top apparel workers’ leaders, including Mushrefa Mishu, in a drive at the city’s troubled Tuba Group factory premises this afternoon.

The police firing rubber bullets and teargas shells have vacated the Tuba Group factory premises where its workers had been observing a hunger strike unto death programme demanding payment of their wages and other arrears.

Several hundred police personnel took part in the operation which lasted almost an hour, witnesses said.
The agitated workers, being flushed out of the factory, vandalized dozens of vehicles, the witnesses claimed. The streets around the premises at Central Badda were shut to traffic for almost 2 hours, beginning at around 12:30pm, witnesses said.
The other detained leaders are: Jolly Talukder and Akbar Hossain.
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* Tuba apparel worker crisis over pay lingers onmm:

Protesting workers of Tuba Group have taken an unyielding stance, foiling BGMEA’s efforts to pay part of their overdue salaries.

Around 1,500 workers of five factories of Tuba Group went on hunger strike on July 28, demanding the payment of three months’ wages and festival allowances.
On Wednesday BGMEA prepared to pay the workers at their headquarters but only one-thirds of them turned up.

Most of the workers are continuing their hunger strike at the Badda factory. Workers’ leaders and other activists are there as well.
Since morning police and activists have clashed several times. Ganasanghati Andolan chief Zonayed Saki was injured in police assault.
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Police raided the factory building on Wednesday afternoon and threw out 20-25 people. Workers alleged that police were trying to send them forcefully to collect the pay from BGMEA but police said they were removing ‘outsiders’.
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* Cops fire rubber bullets, tear gas on Tuba Group workers:

Use water canon to disperse workers of nearby factories

Police used water cannons to disperse workers of different garments factories as they tried to gather in front of Tuba Group factory at Badda in the capital today expressing solidarity with its demonstrating workers.

Nearly 1,000 workers of several nearby garment factories, who thronged in front of the factory around 1:00pm, were protesting what they said water supply cut off to the Tuba workers.

Earlier, Tuba Group workers alleged that police have cut off water supply to the factory building at Badda in the capital where they are observing a hunger strike for the tenth consecutive day today demanding full payment of their arrears.

“Nobody is allowed to join us today, water lines have also been cut off by police,” said a footnote, which was thrown to the ground by the workers from the seventh floor of the building.

Asked, Mahbub Hasan, additional deputy commissioner (ADC-Gulshan zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, avoided a direct reply saying, there has sufficient storage of food and drinking water inside the factory.
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* Resolve Tuba crisis peacefully: DLA:

Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties on Thursday called on the Awami League-led government to take steps to resolve Tuba Group factory crisis peacefully.

The parties also urged the authorities to avoid applying forces. Shubhrangshu Chakrabarty, the coordinator of the combine at a press conference at Segunbagicha in the city alleged that the police along with the BGMEA-backed labour leaders and their musclemen launched attacks on the workers observing hunger strike.

The police had kept the workers of the Tuba Group confined and stopped water
supply as the workers’ life-taking hunger strike entered in the 11th day, the DLA leaders said.
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* Water supply to Tuba factory ‘halted’:

Tuba Group workers alleged that police have cut off water supply to the factory building at Badda in the capital where they are observing a hunger strike for the tenth consecutive day today.

“Nobody is allowed to join us today, water lines have also been cut off by police,” said a footnote, which was thrown to the ground by the workers from the seventh floor of the building.

Asked, Mahbub Hasan, additional deputy commissioner (ADC-Gulshan zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, avoided a direct reply saying, there has sufficient storage of food and drinking water inside the factory.

Over 1,000 garment workers have been observing the hunger strike on the seventh floor of Hussain Super Market, which houses the garment units of Tuba Group. Meanwhile police have locked all the entrances of the building excepting the front gate since morning.

They are not allowing anybody to enter the building. But if anyone wants to come out of the building, they are being allowed.

“Police have been asking us to leave the place breaking our fast-unto-death,” Nahid, one of the protesters, told our correspondent over phone.
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* Police bar workers to enter factory:

Police have been preventing the Tuba workers to enter in their factories at Hossain Market in city’s Badda area on Thursday.

The law enforcers also deter them to stand in the road.
The workers have been continuing hunger strike to press home their 5-point demand including to give the wage in the factory.

Earlier, Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee called for demonstration on Thursday and Friday and threatened for strike on Saturday if authorities don’t meet their demand.
Some 100 workers tried to enter the factory in the morning but police obstruct them. Later, they protested against the behavior taking position on the road.
Nazma, a garment worker, demanded that they want to receive their salary from the Tuba factory.
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* Huge Tuba workers turnout at BGMEA:

A lot of workers of Tuba Group were seen at the BGMEA office on Thursday collecting their partial dues.

The BGMEA representing garment factory owners had promised to pay two months’ salary dues to the Tuba workers but the response on Wednesday, when the payments started, was fairly poor.

Some of the workers told bdnews24.com that they had no options but to accept the two months’ salary despite going on a hunger strike since July 28 for three months’ wages and allowances.

The BGMEA promised to pay partial dues of the workers from Wednesday and only 550 workers, out of the almost 1,600, showed up to receive it on Day one.
But, on Thursday, 145 workers collected their dues within the first 90 minutes after payments started at 10 am.
A long queue of Tuba workers could be seen at the ground floor of the BGMEA office in the capital’s Karwan Bazaar area.

Ashia, who works for Tuba-owned Bukshan Garments, collected her two months’ due salary.
“My children’s exams are ahead. I asked many to lend some money, but did not get any. I know, I am betraying with (Moshrefa) Mishu, but I have no other options,” she said while speaking to bdnews24.com.

Labour activist Moshrefa Mishu and her organisation Garments Sramik Oikya Forum expressed solidarity with protesting workers from the very beginning.

Nazma, an operator of Tuba-owned Tayeeb Design, collected Tk 13,000 as salaries for two months on Thursday from the BGMEA.
She told bdnews24.com that she spent Tuesday night at the factory, but left the next evening as there was no drinking water.
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* Tuba workers taking wages for day-2:

Garment owners’ organization Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has started giving wages to the workers of five Tuba Group factories on the second-day.

The process has started at 9:45 am on Thursday from BGMEA building in city’s Karwan Bazar area.
BGMEA president Atiqul Islam said to the banglanews that 16 teams have been working in five temporary booths to pay the salaries and the authorities also monitoring the situation intensively.

He said they started to pay the salaries on Wednesday and will continue till the workers came to receive their dues and a total of 595 workers received their wages.
Like that, the workers could take their salaries when they would come on Thursday.
But only a few workers came to take the wage as they have been confined in the Tuba Factory at Hossain Market in Badda.
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A factory worker for Tuba Group, travelling to the capital for her dues, was killed with hundred others when their passenger launch ML Pinak-6 drowned in the Padma.

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* Tuba Group workers kept confined:

Police, ruling party men swoop on labour leaders, rights activists

The police confined and locked up agitating Tuba garment workers inside a factory building at Badda since Wednesday morning for demanding arrear wages for three months, festival allowance and overtime bills.

Supply of water and saline for the Tuba Group workers on hunger strike was also stopped by the police since the morning.

At least 20 labour leaders and right activists were injured in repeated attacks by the police with assistance from ruling party goons. The labour leaders and the right activists had gathered there to express their solidarity with the workers confined inside the Tuba Group factory.

No medical service provider or reporter was allowed to enter the factory building from which some 40 workers were allowed to leave one by one throughout the day as they fell sick getting no food, water or saline.
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* Workers confined, forced to take partial payments:

Owners of Tuba Group backed by police confined more than 1,000 agitating workers for hours yesterday in an apparent bid to quell their ongoing protests for full payment of arrears.

The nine-hour confinement ends around noon when an unidentified man opened the gate of the building where the workers have been on hunger strike for ten days. But the workers refused to go to the BGMEA office to take partial payments promised earlier.
“We went to the BGMEA office several times. But it did not respond. Now it offers us two months’ salary. We want full payments, including Eid bonuses, at our factory, not at the BGMEA office,” Shiuly Akter, a 45-year-old sewing operator, said in the afternoon.

Standing 10-15 yards away from the Tuba Group’s factory building at North Badda in the capital, she, along with her colleague Moina, was trying to contact some of the workers inside the building.
Many workers and reporters who were standing outside were barred from entering the building. But police denied such allegations.

More than 1,000 workers of Tuba Group were agitating inside the building to express solidarity with around 300 of their colleagues who have been on hunger strike since July 28, the day before the Eid festival. The arrears were for the months of May, June and July, including overtime bills and Eid bonuses, totalling Tk 4.14 crore.
Some 583 of the 1,458 workers employed at five factories of Tuba Group received two months’ salaries from the BGMEA till 10pm yesterday, according to BGMEA.
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Shiuly, who has around Tk 30,000 dues with Tuba Group, said she could not pay house rent and grocery bills for the last two months. “My homeowner has already threatened to evict me,” she said.

Moina said her son was injured in a road accident and since then she has been borrowing for his treatment. She, however, refused to take partial salary from the BGMEA.

Apart from Shiuly and Moina, other workers too blamed police for locking them in.
Some labour leaders having links with the BGMEA are putting pressure on the workers to receive two months’ payments, but the workers have refused to do so, Jebunnesa Jebu, a member of the central committee of Garments Workers Unity Forum, said by phone.

Moshrefa Mishu, one of the organsiers of the protest, was threatened with arrest, she said.
“There is a shortage of saline, doctors and nurses to attend our workers observing the hunger strike,” said Utpal, who works at the cutting section of a factory of Tuba Group.
Police, however, claimed they allowed entry of physicians to ensure treatment of the fasting agitators.
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* Many Tuba workers accept BGMEA’s offer:

Out of Tk4.13 crore dues, Tk98 lakh was paid to the workers on the first day

At least 583 workers of Tuba Group drew two months’ wages from the BGMEA office yesterday, the association claimed; while another section of workers continued their fast-unto-death for the 10th consecutive day.

RMG exporters’ association BGMEA, which, after being pressured by the government, is giving the wages on behalf of Tuba Group by managing a temporary crisis fund with contribution from its well-off members, has said the workers will be able to collect their wages until 9pm today as well.
Out of Tk4.13 crore dues, Tk98 lakh was paid to the workers on the first day.

On July 28, around 1,200 workers from five factories, who did not get wages and overtime for April-June and Eid bonuses, went on a hunger strike at the Hossain Market in the capital’s Badda area. The market houses three factories of the Tuba Group.

Labour leaders, who are spearheading the protest, said they would not accept any partial payment and announced strikes in all industrial areas of the country for Saturday. The newly formed “Tuba Group Workers Movement Committee” will stage demonstrations around the country today and tomorrow.

A number of protesters alleged that some of their colleagues had been forced to go and collect two months’ wages from the BGMEA.

However, labour leader Moshrefa Mishu, who is coordinating the committee, said those who went to take the wages were not workers; they were the security guards and employees of the factories.
She alleged that a few workers, who came out of the market for various reasons, were forcibly taken to the BGMEA building.
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* Tuba workers threaten strike for Saturday:

Reject BGMEA offer of two months’ back pay

Majority of the agitating Tuba workers refused to take two months’ back pays offered by the owners and threatened to enforce a strike in all the apparel units next Saturday as the starter of a tougher movement  unless their five-point demand is met today (Thursday).

Meanwhile, police Wednesday stormed the Tuba factory building where the workers have been on a fast-unto-death to realise their demand for clearing all their back pays and bonus.

The workers rejected BGMEA offer to clear two months’ wage arrears Wednesday, though police allegedly brought in a few who took the pays.

But the unpaid workers of five apparel factories of Tuba Group under the banner of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee insisted the owners must clear wages for May, June and July along with overtime bills and festival bonus on the factory premises on a single date.

Failing to brief reporters about their latest movements because of police interception, convener of the Sangram Committee Mushrefa Mishu informed newsmen about their programme in writing from the 6th floor of Hossain Supermarket, which houses three units of Tuba Group.

On that floor of the building the demonstrators have been observing hunger strike since July 27 night.

As per the announced programme, protest rally will also be held at the apparel industrial hubs today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) to mount pressure on the BGMEA leaders and the government to settle the ongoing trouble created over the payment of workers’ dues.

Contacted over the mobile phone, Mushrefa Mishu, also president of Garment Workers Unity Forum, told the FE that police entered the building several times and brought out few workers, forcing them to go to the BGMEA office to take wages of two months.
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Their five demands are: immediate payment of unpaid wages, overtime and Eid bonuses, keeping factories open so that nearly 1,600 workers can retain their livelihood, compensation for workers who have fallen ill, ‘cancellation’ of Tuba Group Managing Director Delwar Hossain’s bail and compensation for the victims of Tazreen Fashions fire.
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* Tuba workers threaten nationwide RMG strike on Saturday:

The hunger striking garment workers of Tuba Group Wednesday evening threatened to call strike at all apparel units across the country for Saturday if their dues were not paid by Thursday.

The workers, who are on hunger strike since July 28 at Badda in Dhaka demanding payment of their outstanding salaries of the month of May, June and July and festival bonus, also announced to stage a countrywide demonstration on Thursday and Friday to press home their demands, said labour leader Jolly Talukder.

The announcement was made through a loud speaker from the sixth floor of a factory  housed at Hossain Market in Badda as they could not meet media due to restrictions of law enforcers.
They also dropped a press notes carrying the message singed by Mushrefa Mishu, president of Garment Sramik Oikya Forum, from the floor during the announcement.

Police did not allow the hunger striking workers to talk to press and they also barred a group of rights activists led by Khushi Kabir to enter the factory saying there were instructions from ‘high-level’ not to allow anyone to enter the factory.

In the afternoon, police and the activists of Shramik League, labour wing of ruling Awami League, allegedly beat up Dhaka University sociology teacher Samina Luthfa and an anthropologist Saydia Gulrukh as they tried to enter the factory to observe the humanitarian aid condition of agitating workers.
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* BGMEA gives workers more time to take salary:

583 workers receive two-month salary from BGMEA

The BGMEA yesterday extended the deadline for Tuba Group workers to collect their two months’ salaries to Thursday after requests from many workers, who were held off at their factories.

The garment makers’ platform initially asked the workers to come between 9am and 6pm yesterday to its headquarters at Karwan Bazar to pick up their salaries, but only about 583 of the 1,458 workers managed to get there.
“Many workers were unable to come to the association office to draw their salaries as a vested quarter is playing games with innocent workers,” Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said at a press conference.
He said the workers could not collect their ID cards from factories as they were caught up at Badda’s Hossain Market that houses three factories of the group.
The BGMEA chief also said the management of Tuba Group will pay salary for the remaining month on August 10.

“We expect Tuba Group will pay all their dues to worker since its owner, Delwar Hossain, was freed from jail on bail,” he said.
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* A Troubled Day for Tuba Workers:

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Striking garment workers look out from behind the metal bars of a locked collapsible gate of a Tuba Group factory in Badda, Dhaka yesterday. Photo: Amran Hossain
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* RMG workers to observe strike Saturday if Tuba workers’ dues not paid :

Ready-made garment workers will observe a daylong strike in all the RMG units across the country on Saturday if the back pay, bonuses and Eid bonuses of Tuba Group workers are not cleared by Friday.

Mushrefa Mishu, coordinator of ‘Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee’ and also president of Garments Sramik Oikya Forum, announced this from their hunger strike in the afternoon.

The workers of the Tuba Group factories have been on the hunger strike inside their factory floors at Hossain Market at Uttar Badda under Badda Police Station since July 28 demanding that they be remunerated for three months of unpaid work and Eid bonuses.

Around 1,000 protesting workers remained confined to the factories since Wednesday morning as police reportedly locked all the gates of Hossain Market.

Talking to UNB over phone, Mushrefa Mishu said various programmes, including agitation, will be observed in all garment industries across the country on Thursday and Friday to realise the demand. “If the authorities do not pay the full dues, including wages of three months, by Friday, we’ll enforce the strike on Saturday.”
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* Unpaid garment workers on hunger strike:

1,600 Bangladeshi garment workers on hunger strike for more than a week have called for a strike at garment factories across the country on 10 August if outstanding salaries and bonuses are not paid.

More than 1,600 workers at garment manufacturer Tuba Group have been on a hunger strike since 28 July because they have not been paid for three months.

They are demanding payment of their salaries, three months worth of overtime, as well as their Eid festival bonuses.

The workers, who produced garments for the International Football Federation (Fifa), today announced that if outstanding payments are not made by 7 August, they would call on garment workers across the country to strike on 10 August.

Monika Kemperle, assistant general secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, calls for immediate payment of outstanding wages and bonuses.
“The women and men who toil in the garment industry in Bangladesh are our members and we will fight for them. They are the backbone of a very profitable industry which can’t afford to treat people like this.”

The managing director of the Tuba group, Delwar Hossain, had been in jail since February 2014 for his role in the Tazreen tragedy, a factory fire claiming 112 lives and injuring more than 200 people. However, in a move by the High Court he was released on bail on 5 August.

The workers on hunger strike have been camping out in one of the factories. To date nearly 100 have fallen ill as a result, and around 20 people have been admitted to hospital.

This morning, 6 August, they woke up to find the entrances locked. The workers were confined for six hours before the gates were opened by the police.
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* Tuba workers set ultimatum, call strike:

At least 1,200 workers from five factories under the Tuba Group have been on a hunger strike for tenth consecutive day

Agitating Tuba group workers, beside setting an ultimatum to meet their demands, have called a general strike in industrial areas across the country from Saturday.

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee Convenor Moshrefa Mishu made the announcements from a fifth floor
window of Tuba factory at Badda area in the capital on Wednesday evening.

Mishu alleged police barred them from holding a press conference scheduled to begin at 5pm.

She also announced protest rally throughout the country for Thursday and Friday.
“We will continue our huger strike and observe a general strike in industrial areas if our five-charter demands are not met within Thursday,”she said.
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* Tuba workers get also due Thursday:

Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) extended time till Thursday to pay the due wages and bonuses of Tuba Group workers. 

President of BGMEA Atiqul Islam said this in a press conference in its office on Wednesday.
He said BGMEA would pay the salary and bonus from 9:00am to 6:00 pm.
Earlier in the day, the BGMEA pay the dues of the workers of five factory of Tuba Group but most of the workers didn’t receive the money.
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* Tuba group: Only 24% workers accept part payment:

We hope the rest of them will collect the due payments till 9pm, says BGMEA president

More than 70% of Tuba Group workers have refrained themselves from receiving partial dues offered by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Only 343, out of 1,458 workers, received the partial dues from the BGMEA.BGMEA, the apex of garment manufacturers in Bangladesh, has decided to continue the payment till 9pm.

BGMEA President Atiqul Islam informed the media at a press briefing held at the BGMEA building in the capital.
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* Nationwide labor strike Thursday:

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee called for countrywide protest on Thursday if their demand is not meet by authorities of the group.

Leader of the committee and deputy general of Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Trade Union Jolly Talukder confirmed the matter to banglanews.

She said, they will observe labor strike if the Tuba group authorities don’t meet their demand till Saturday.
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* Police attacks Tuba demonstrators, oust all but workers from factory bldg:

Police in a severe action on labour leaders and people extending their solidarity with the demands of garment workers injured at least 20 and ousted them from a factory building of Tuba Group in Badda on Wednesday where 1,000 workers were on hunger strike since July 28.

Dhaka University sociology teacher Samina Luthfa, anthropologist Saydia Gulrukh, Prothom Alo assistant editor Faruk Wasif an labour leader Shabnam Amir were among the injured activists in police action.

Police also picked up 10 of the activsist and took to Badda police station and later released all but Shabnam Amir.
Earlier, police locked up the factory building confining over 1,000 workers, who have been agitating in demand of their due wages and allowances, for almost six hours since the morning.

According to police deployed there, they entered the factory to clear out what they termed ‘outsiders’ who joined the workers observing a hunger strike.
Police also charged batons on activists of a left-leaning alliance and journalists when they tried to enter the factory, our correspondent reported from the site.

The workers said police had locked up the building and allowed none to go in or out but police claimed they were unaware who had locked up the four entrances of the factory.
The authority has stopped the supply of food and saline to the workers, who continue fast unto death for the 10th day and have fallen ill, said factory workers including Asma Khatun and Mizanur Rahman.

The confinement, attacks and stoppage of supply of saline came a day after the Tuba Group managing director, Delwar Hossain, was released on Tuesday evening on bail granted by the High Court. No reporter or medical service provider was allowed to enter the building, while water cannon and riot car were standing outside the building.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan zone additional deputy commissioner Mahbub Hassan said, ‘We are not permitting anyone to enter the factory.’ Asked about the reason, he said, ‘We do not know.’
The Ganasnaghati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, said that Awami League activists along with the police attacked their demonstration under police monitoring. They took away the banner and loudspeaker used in the demonstration and left many of the protesters injured.
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* Tuba workers again confined; 55 receive dues at BGMEA Bhaban:

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.
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* Police occupy Tuba factory as workers leave it for BGMEA Bhaban:

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Police on Wednesday morning occupied the entire Hossain Market in the city’s Uttar Badda which houses 5 readymade garment factories of Tuba Group after most of the workers left it for BGMEA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar to receive dues.

However, those who were observing the indefinite hunger strike at the five RMG units stayed at the factories and continued their fast-unto-death programme to realise their demands, including three-month’s wages and other allowances.

The agitating workers alleged police entered the premises of the factories in the morning to ‘clear out’ activists of various labour organisations who are staging peaceful demonstrations for full payment of their three months’ outstanding salaries and Eid bonus.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) started disbursement to Tuba workers two months, out of three months, outstanding salaries around 10:30am and thirty Tuba workers received their salaries till then, the apparel makers and exporters’ apex body said.
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* Tuba Group workers confined, 10 injured in AL, police attacks:

The police and Tuba Group authority have confined several hundred protesting workers in the group’s apparel units at Badda in the city since this morning.

The confinement came a day after the Tuba Group managing director, Delwar Hossain, was released on Tuesday evening on bail granted by the High Court.

At least 10 people, including workers and political leaders and activists, were injured as the police and ruling Awami League activists attacked the protests organised by the workers and left parties at Badda at about 11:00am, witnesses said.

Of the injured, worker leaders Saiful Huq, Kallyan Datta and Riku Roy were rushed to hospitals in critical condition, said the left leaders there.
The Ganasnaghati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, said that Awami League activists along with the police attacked their demonstration under police monitoring.

They took away the banner and loudspeaker used in the demonstration and left many of the protesters injured.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan zone assistant commissioner Nurul Alam, however, claimed that the clashes took place between two groups of the workers.
Announcement was heard through a loudspeaker outside the apparel factory asking the workers to go Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association headquarters at Karwanbazar to receive their wages for two months.

Three buses were standing outside the building to take the workers to the association building.
No reporter or medical service provider was allowed to enter the building, while water cannon and riot car were standing outside the building.
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Only thirty-four members among the officials, security parsons and workers of Tuba Group received the wages till 1:00pm, association sources said.
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* Tuba workers receiving dues at BGMEA Bhaban:

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Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) started distributing two months’ outstanding salaries to Tuba Group workers at BGMEA Bhaban on Wednesday.

The BGMEA authorities started disbursement of the dues around 10:30am and 25-30 workers of the garment factories of Tuba Group received their salaries, BGMEA sources said.
More workers started to come to BGMEA Bhaban to collect their dues, the sources added.

Earlier, around 1,000 protesting workers remained confined for several hours as police locked all the entries of Hossain Market at Uttar Badda in the capital, that houses garment factories of Tuba  Group.

Officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station MA Jalil said they locked the entries so that the workers could not carry out vandalism on the nearby streets.
Later, police opened the lock around 12:25 am for collecting dues from the BGMEA.
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* Tuba workers taking wages from BGMEA:

Garment owners’ organization Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has started giving wages to the workers of five Tuba Group factories.

The process has started at 11:00am on Wednesday from BGMEA building in city’s Karwan Bazar area.
Two hundred and ninety six workers from Tuba Textiles, 384 from Bukshan Garments, 121 from Mita Design, 353 from Taif Design and 286 from Tuba Fashion were listed for wages.

TK2.36 crore will be disbursed for a total of 1,427 workers of the factories.
BGMEA has managed the money to pay the wages of May and June for the workers.
Besides, six buses from Dibanishi company have been provided to carry the workers from the factories to the BGMEA building.

However, only seven workers got salaries from 11:00am to 11:30am.
BGMEA president Atiqul Islam claimed that workers are late to reach here due to rain.
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* Police lock up building gate, claim Tuba workers-  Tuba building gate unlocked:

The workers of Tuba Group have claimed that police have locked up the building where they have been observing a hunger strike for nine consecutive days in demand of the payment of their dues.

The workers have claimed that the police locked up the gate in the early hours of Wednesday.
President of the Garment Workers’ Unity Forum Moshrefa Mishu said: “The workers found the gate of the building locked up when they tried to get out of it for Fajr prayer.”

Quoting the workers, he said: “Police told the workers that they would see for how long the workers can stay in the building without food.”

However, the police officials present in front of the building have denied the claims of the workers.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association had agreed to pay two months’ wages to more than 1,600 workers of the Tuba Group at the BGMEA building on Wednesday.
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* ‘Tuba Group workers confined’- Cops enter Tuba factory:

Strike Saturday if dues not paid by tomorrow: Tuba workers
Also announce demo at RMG units across country Thursday, Friday

Police entered a factory of Tuba Group at Badda area in Dhaka around the noon where over 1,000 workers, who have been agitating in demand of their due wages and bonuses, were confined for almost six hours since the morning.

According to police deployed there, they entered the factory to clear out what they termed “outsiders” who joined the workers observing a hunger strike since July 28, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports.

Police also charged batons on activists of a left-leaning alliance and journalists when they tried to enter the factory, our correspondent reported from the site.

The confinement came hours after Delwar Hossain, managing director of the group, was freed on bail.
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* Workers’ leaders trying to convince Tuba workers:

The workers have threatened tougher movements if all their dues were not paid by the afternoon today

A section of workers’ leaders are now trying to convince the agitating workers from Tuba Group to accept BGMEA’s terms after they refused the offer and demanded the full payment of all dues by today.

The workers have threatened tougher movements if all their dues were not paid by the afternoon today.

“I have spoken to several workers and they have agreed to accept payments for May and June, as proposed by the BGMEA,” said Nahidul Islam Noyon, general secretary of Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation.

“We have four unions in the Tuba Group factories and 90% of its workers are members,” he said adding that the workers would take the money as they were in need of it.

When asked how many workers had agreed to the BGMEA proposal, Nahid said: “My colleagues are working on it now and tomorrow I will be able to tell you the exact number of workers who will be present there.”

“There are six to seven worker organisations active in the Tuba Group factories and they are now working to convince the workers to accept the proposal,” Badruddoza Nizam, member secretary of Garment Sramik Somonnoy Parishad, told the Dhaka Tribune.
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* The Hunger Strike Intensifies – Tuba Workers To Fight Till They Get Their Right:

The workers of Tuba Group have received promises since before Eid, but have faced repeated disappointments over which the bail of Delwar Hossain came as salt on wound.

With workers getting ill and more public opinion being generated by them, the BGMEA and the Government are coming under increased pressure to challenge Delwar Hossain’s bail which was previously given on grounds that his presence would expedite pay the 3 month worth of salary and festival bonuses – which also has been labelled by worker leaders, right activists and the workers themselves as plain blackmail.

After 9 days of hunger strike by 1600 workers of the Tuba Group, Garments Workers Unity Forum leader Moshrefa Mishu announced that her along with Tuba workers under the umbrella of “Tuba Group Workers Movement Committee” may go on a Countrywide General Strike over their 5-point demand which includes:

  1. Payment of 1600 worker’s salary and overtime in full, immediately.
  2. Ensuring regular employment in all the Tuba group factories.
  3. Cancelling Delwar Hossain’s bail and ensuring his highest punishment.
  4. Providing compensation of the dead and injured of the workers of Tazreen garments.
  5. Compensating the workers who have been participating in the movement for their physical-mental-financial loss.

These 9 days have been eventful, laborious and continuous to be heartbreaking. However, these nine days were preceded by dreadful months of suffering to which these 1600 workers were condemned by their rich masters who plotted and planned to get things their way at the cost of lives which they clearly value not.

How have the workers spent their months without salary? – Working tirelessly to meet deadlines, while taking loans from friends and family to feed their family, these factory workers have been reduced to slavery without what even most slaves in the days of the past had as the basic minimum, i.e. food and shelter.
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* Pay all dues today or face strike: Tuba group workers:

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A policeman holds a protester by the neck in a bid to disperse apparel workers and leftist activists who laid siege to Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association at Karwan Bazar in Dhakaon Tuesday. — Indrajit Ghosh

Tuba Group workers on Tuesday threatened to go for tougher agitations including strike if Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Tuba authority failed to pay their wages for three months and allowances today.

They issued the ultimatum as Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee besieged Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association’s headquarters pressing for their five-point demands.

The demands include payment of outstanding wages for three months and allowances at a time, cancellation of bail granted by the High Court to Tuba Group owner Delwer Hossain, ensuring job of the workers making Tuba Group factories operational and compensating workers who were on fast unto death.

The owners’ association, however, in a statement invited the protesting workers to receive their wages for two months from the association office today. The association would bear no responsibility of wages in future for the workers who would fail to receive the wages today, the statement said.

Several hundred workers laid siege to the association building at Karwanbazar at about 11:30am braving obstacles created by the police, who also charged baton.
‘The BGMEA leaders must to go to the factory floors at Badda in the city where the workers continued fast unto death for the ninth day and they must pay all arrears at a time,’ said Tuba Group worker Miraj Ahmed addressing the rally in front of the association building.
He said that agitated workers would not receive wages for two months and if the factory authority and the association leaders failed to pay all arrears by today, the workers would enforce strike in industrial belts across the country.

Rejecting the proposal of the association and shipping minister Shahjahan Khan, worker leader Mohammed Sumon said that the association and the shipping minister made the decision through discussion with some trade union leaders who were working as agents of the apparel factory owners.
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In a statement, they said that if Delwar got bail, it would question the country’s justice delivery system.
They demanded exemplary punishment of Delwar for killing 112 workers in the Tazrin garments fire in 2012 and taking hostage of the workers of Tuba group by not paying their wages and festival allowances.
They censured the statement of state minister for labour affairs that there would be no problem to pay wages and festival allowances to the protesting workers if Delwar was released.
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A group of teachers from different universities observed a four-hour hunger strike at the base of Aparajeya Bangla at the Dhaka University demanding immediate payment of arrears of the Tuba workers.
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Civic leaders and Supreme Court lawyers on Tuesday protested the non-payment of wages of Tuba Group workers even after one week’s hunger strike and denounced the government’s inaction to address the issue.
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Ain o Salish Kendra executive director Sultana Kamal, addressing the human chain, said that it was inhumane that the workers were on movement for seven days for their just demands but they were not paid their dues.

New Age editor Nurul Kabir said, ‘Eid is a religious and social festival. When 1,800 workers do not get their wages during this festival and government remains silent, any sensible person should protest against the ruling class’ inaction.’
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Women leader Khushi Kabir urged for strong movement so that none can escape punishment by doing illegal activities with their power and money.
She demanded immediate payment of all the dues of the agitating workers.
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* Delwar freed amid outcry:

Workers vow to continue demo until demands met

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain was freed from jail on bail yesterday though the government pledged to block his release.

Delwar had been detained in jail since February in a case linked with a 2012 fire that killed 112 people at Tazreen Fashions, a garment unit of Tuba Group, in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital.
The High Court on July 24 granted an ad-interim bail to Delwar for two months, hearing his lawyers’ argument that unrest had ensued as workers of Tuba Group’s industrial units did not get salaries since he was taken into custody.

The government decided to challenge the HC bail order, the prosecution said before Delwar’s release.

Deputy Attorney General Shafiul Bashar Bhandary had said he opposed the bail petition before the HC, as there were serious allegations against Delwar of negligence in saving the lives of garment workers from the deadly fire at Tazreen.
Although the bail was granted two weeks ago, the government could not prepare an appeal against the bail as of yesterday.
Acting Attorney General Murad Reza said the filing of the appeal with the Supreme Court against the bail was underway.
He, however, could not say when the appeal would be filed.

Meanwhile, workers of five garment units of Tuba Group, many of whom have been on a hunger strike since July 28 demanding payment of arrears, overtime bills and Eid bonuses, became furious at the release of Delwar.

The managing director of the group walked out of the Central Jail at 8:00pm after the jail authorities received a copy of the bail order, said Golam Haider, deputy inspector general (prison).
“It is like rubbing salt into the wound,” said Mohammad Miraz, a worker at Bukshan Garments owned by Tuba Group.
“Delwar is responsible for the killing of a huge number of workers. His bail is a humiliation for 1,600 Tuba Group’s workers,” said Shilpi, another worker.
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* Delwar released on bail:

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain was released on Tuesday on interim bail for two months granted by the High Court in a case of culpable homicide by negligence in connection with the fire at his apparel factory Tazreen Fashions that killed 112 workers in November 2012.

Sources in the jail said that the order of Delwar’s bail reached the prison authorities at about 5:45pm from the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, but he was released at about 8:00pm only after getting clearances from the government and intelligence agencies.

The Dhaka central jail senior superintendent, Farman Ali, said that he had asked the officials concerned to release Delwar after verifying the bail documents reached at the jail about 5:45pm.

On July 24, the High Court bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder granted the bail to Delwar following an application stating that he would pay wages to about 3,000 agitating workers of his factories that remained outstanding since April.
Additional attorney general Murad Reza, now in charge of the office of the attorney general’s office in his absence, on Sunday said that the office would appeal against the bail of Delwar though there was no government instruction..
He told New Age on Tuesday afternoon that the office already applied for certified copy of the order.
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* Tuba workers lay siege to BGMEA headquarters:

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Law-enforcers halted the aggrieved RMG workers of Tuba Group as they tried to lay siege to the BGMEA Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in the city Tuesday. — FE Photo

Reject partial payments, threaten strike

The agitating workers of Tuba Group Tuesday hemmed in employees and office bearers of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association inside the BGMEA headquarters for two hours amid police intervention, in an unflinching stance on realising full payment of their dues.

Witnesses said even police baton charge couldn’t deter the slogan-canting workers from laying the pre-announced siege to the owners’ association office, at the height of their demonstrations continuing since before the Eid festival.

Several hundred protesters marched on the office of country’s apex trade body at Karwan Bazar in the capital at about 11:40am. Police were reinforced, and they charged baton to drive back the protesters.

“They got dispersed but soon regrouped. The demonstrators then staged a sit-in blockading the entrance to the BGMEA office,” says a firsthand report on the squatting.

At the demonstration rally, the agitators under the banner of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee warned the apparel-makers, the government and a section of workers’ groups of tougher movement soon unless their five-point demands are met.

A tripartite committee to resolve the Tuba crisis made a decision in a recent meeting on clearing three months’ wage areas in two phases, only to be rebuffed by the workers.

Rejecting the decision, one of the agitating workers, Suman, said those who took the decision never visited the unpaid workers who have been on hunger strike for nine days.
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* Bangladesh garment workers demanding wages clash with police:

Bangladeshi garment workers staging a hunger strike for nine days to press for back-pay and a holiday bonus clashed with police in the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday, police and witnesses said.

About 1,600 workers from five factories of the Tuba Group have been on hunger strike since July 28 demanding the payment of salary for three months, overtime and a holiday bonus. About 100 of them have fallen sick.

Police used truncheons to disperse several hundred of the workers who tried to besiege the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) headquarters, witnesses said.

On Sunday, the association agreed to pay wages for two months this week, and said the Tuba Group would pay the rest of the salaries and a bonus for the Eid al-Fitr holiday later.

But the workers rejected the offer.

“We will continue our protests and fasting until our demands are met,” one worker shouted to fellow protesters at the demonstration.

Low labor costs and, critics say, shortcuts on safety, make Bangladesh the cheapest place to make large quantities of clothing and the second-largest exporter of readymade garments.
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* BGMEA blames Left leaders for ‘doing politics’ over Tuba:

The acting President of BGMEA has said Left leaders are playing politics on the Tuba Group issue despite a pledge by the management for payment of unpaid salaries and allowances, according to a news agency.

The statement of SM Mannan Kochi came after the Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee laid a siege to the BGMEA building Tuesday noon.

Kochi claimed there was no Tuba Group workers in the agitations and only Leftist leaders took part in it.

“Politics has begun over the Tuba issue. Four Tuba Group factories, out of five, have trade unions. We’ve talked to leaders of those trade unions. We all have reached an agreement to clear two months’ salary,” he added.
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* Tuba owner Delwar released on bail:

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain, who is facing charges negligence that led to death of 112 apparel workers in 2012, was released on bail after his bail order reached the Dhaka Central Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

Dhaka Central Jail senior superintendent Farman Ali said that Delwar was released at about 8:05pm after examining the document of his bail granted earlier by the High Court.

On July 24, the bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder granted Delwar bail for two months following an application stating that he would pay wages to about 3,000 workers of his factories that remained outstanding since April.

The workers of five units of Tuba Group are on hunger strike since July 28 demanding payment of arrears, wage and festival allowance at Hossain Market in Badda.
Additional attorney general Murad Reza, now in charge of the office in absence of the attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, told New Age that the office applied for getting certified copy of the bail order.
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* Tuba workers warn of hartal if salaries not paid by tomorrow:

The agitating garment workers of Tuba Group today threatened of resorting to tougher programmes like hartal (shutdown) or blockades if all their dues are not paid by tomorrow.

“We will be compelled to announce programmes like hartal or blockade day after tomorrow if our due salaries of three months and bonuses are not paid in full by tomorrow,” said Zahirul Islam, president of Bangladesh Workers Federation.

He made the announcement in front Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka where several hundred workers of Tuba Group who were agitating for their dues.
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* In support of the women on hunger strike:

Clean Clothes Campaign urges the Tuba Group in Bangladesh to immediately pay all outstanding wages and bonuses to 1,600 of their employees.

We stand in solidarity with the Tuba workers who enter the ninth day of their hunger strike demanding payment of the wages, overtime dues and allowances for the months of May, June and July including their Eid bonus.

Hundreds of workers from five Tuba Group factories have been protesting since the day before Eid. More than 100 workers collapsed and 17 have been hospitalized since the hunger strike began on Monday 28th July.

EUR 400.000 (around EUR 250,- per person) is needed to pay three months’ wages and Eid bonuses to the 1,600 workers of Tuba Group. For that end, both the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Assocation (BGMEA) and Tuba Group management applied for bank loans but were rejected for failure to provide a guarantee from the company’s managing director Delwar Hossain. Hossain has been detained in jail since February 9 for his role in Tazreen fire in November 2012 that took 112 lives.

Furthermore the workers demand that the factories should be kept open so that the 1,600 workers can retain their livelihood, compensation for workers who have fallen ill and compensation for the victims of Tazreen Fashions fire.

We call on the BGMEA, the Tuba Group and the buyers of the factories to ensure swift payments to the workers, so they do not have to jeopardize their health for wages they earned.
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* Urgent Appeal : Calling for international solidarity to support the Bangladesh garment workers on hunger strike!:

We from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance call upon all the international trade unions and  groups to support the latest struggle of Bangladesh workers who have been on strike since last week!

About 2000 workers who are working for Tuba group of companies launched an indefinite strike last week until their demands are met!

Background:
Around 2,000 workers from the Tuba group of companies began an indefinite strike last week, with a number also starting a mass hunger strike in an occupied factory. The workers are angry that they could not go home during the Eid holiday and for being left without three months’ pay and festival bonus. The Tuba group of companies includes the Tazreen ownersWorkers are also protesting over the Tazreen lack of compensation and prosecutions, and are calling for the cancellation of bail for Delwar Hossain, Tazreen’s owner. The garment industry in Bangladesh is renowned for its exploitative practices independent and active unions need to call for and support the Bangladesh unions struggle to improve workers conditions.

Calendar of Events:
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Workers of Tuba Group have taken position in front of the BGMEA on Tuesday demanding payment of their due wages and allowances.

Police stopped the workers’ procession around 11.30am when it reached at the capital’s Karwan Bazaar area, where a scuffle broke out prompting law enforcers to charge batons. The protesting workers then took position in front of the BGMEA office and held a rally there.
BGMEA is the apex body of the garment business owners.
Agitated Tuba workers were joined by representatives of 15 labour organisations on Tuesday.

“We will have to opt for programmes like shutdown and strikes if the workers are not paid,” Convener of Garments Sramik Shanghati, Taslima Akhter told the rally.
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* Tuba Group workers demonstrates demanding arrear wages, Eid bonus:

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.
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20140805 * BGMEA to pay 2 months’ salaries to Tuba workers Wednesday :

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in a statement on Tuesday said Tuba Group workers will be paid their two months’ dues on Wednesday.

The rest of the dues will be paid to the workers in ‘due time’ by the factory authorities, the statement added, quoting the decision of a tripartite meeting among the government, BGMEA and the Garment Workers’ Coordination Council, held at BGMEA Bhaban on Monday.
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If any employee or worker fails to come to the BGMEA office within the stipulated time tomorrow (Wednesday), BGMEA will not take any responsibility for the payment anymore, the statement added.
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* Solidarity Rally to support the Bangladesh workers on hunger strikes:

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* Appeal for Solidarity from Textile Workers in Bangladesh:

Dear Friends and Comrades,
Lal Salaam!
Can hungry people go on hunger strike? That is exactly what the textile workers of Tuba Group in Bangladesh are doing since July 28, 2014.
1600 textile workers of Tuba Group have been agitating since June, 2014 over unpaid wages stretching back to May, 2014.
On July 26, 2014 the workers had confined two relatives of the Group chairman and managing director Delwar Hossain within the factory premises demanding immediate payment of their due wages.
Last Monday (July 28, 2014) several hundred workers of Tuba Group took over factories they work at (Taif Designs Ltd., Mita Designs Ltd. and Tuba Fashions Ltd. at Uttar Badda Dhaka) and began their fast unto death demanding the unpaid wage and festival bonus. 
Six days later about 92 workers are suffering from different level of dehydration and 11 workers are hospitalized as their health condition took a critical turn. Representative from neither garment owners association Bangladesh Garment Manufacturer & Exporter Association (BGMEA) nor the government has contacted the agitating workers and taken any initiative to end this hunger strike by meeting their demands.
Instead, they have used this issue of non-payment to secure the owner, Delwar Hossain’s bail. He was in jail in connection with the fire at one of his factory, Tazreen Fashions Ltd. which killed more than 125 workers on November 24, 2012.
While an injured worker of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., Amena Begum, is counting her last days at a Palliative Care Center, missing workers’ families still awaiting proper compensation and 1600 workers starving for three months without pay, the owner is granted bail.
When the garment owners lock workers inside burning buildings, should we to expect them to care if the latter die fasting?
We are writing to you to inform you about the ongoing workers struggle, we are writing today to request you to support the movement. We request you to:
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* Cops charge batons on Tuba workers:

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Police resist demonstrating workers of Tuba Group in front of the building of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association at Karwan Bazar in the capital on Tuesday. The workers go to lay siege to the BGMEA building demanding three-month salaries and Eid bonus. Photo: Akram Hosen

Police charged batons on the demonstrating workers of Tuba Group when they tried to lay siege to the BGMEA headquarters at Karwan Bazar in the capital this morning.

As per their scheduled programme, several hundreds of workers gathered in front of the building of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in the morning.

When they tried to besiege the BGMEA Bhaban around 11:40am, police charged truncheons on the workers.

In face of police resistance, the workers were holding a rally, blocking the entrance of the BGMEA headquarters till 12:30pm when the report was filed.
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* Eminent citizens: Prosecute Delowar for holding 1,600 workers hostage:

June unless he is out on bail in order to enable the release of the funds from the bank

Eminent citizens have called to prosecute Toba Group Managing Director Delowar Hossain on charges of securing bail by holding 1600 workers hostage in the Tazreen fire tragedy case.

“We think it is a threat to the independent judicial system in our country,” said 16 eminent citizens, including Syed Abul Maksud, Sultana Kamal, Khushi Kabir and Anu Muhammad, in a joint statement yesterday.

Delowar, also an owner of Tazreen Fashions Ltd, has been detained in connection with the devastating factory fire in which 112 people were killed in November 2012.

On July 28, a High Court bench granted two months’ bail to him, reportedly on the controversial grounds that 1600 workers of five factories under Tuba Group cannot be paid their salary for May and June unless he is out on bail in order to enable the release of the funds from the bank.
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* Tuba workers continue hunger strike:

At least 1,200 workers from five factories under the Tuba Group have been on a hunger strike for eight consecutive days

The workers of Tuba Group vowed to continue their fast-unto-death until their demands were met, rejecting Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association’s (BGMEA) proposal of two month’s wages to be paid on Wednesday.

The agitating workers also announced at a press conference on Sunday that they would lay siege to the BGMEA building today at 11am to press home their demands.

At least 1,200 workers from five factories under the Tuba Group have been on a hunger strike for eight consecutive days at Hossain Market in the capital’s Badda area, demanding the payment of three months’ wages, overtime and Eid bonuses. As of yesterday, over 90 workers have fallen sick from days of fasting, and 20 of them have been admitted to various hospitals in the city in critical conditions.
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* RMG trade unions, left political activists stage demo for Tuba workers:

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Members of Gonotantric Bam Morcha bring out a procession yesterday, demanding the payment of due wages of Tuba Group workers.
The photo was taken near Paltan.  Photo- Rajib Dhar.

The protesters also vowed to lay siege on the BGMEA office in the capital today to press home their demands

Several RMG trade unions and left political parties staged a demonstration in front of the National Press Club yesterday, demanding the payment of dues of the Tuba garment workers.

Around 150 activists formed several human chains under the banner of Ganatantrik Bam Morcha, a left political party, and tried to remove a police barricade during their protest.
The demonstrators also demanded safety at workplaces and job security. The police obstructed the activists when they tried to march towards the city’s secretariat building around noon.

A few people got injured during a scuffle that erupted when police barred the gathering from marching towards the secretariat building and sources said one person had been admitted to a local hospital.
After the incident, the agitators set themselves in front of the police barricade and chanted slogans to press home their demands.

Democratic Left Alliance leader Shuvangshu Chakraborty said: “The prime minister is the labour minister herself. She exchanged regards on the occasion of Eid but became blind when it came to take an initiative regarding the agitating workers.”
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* Hunger strike continues for 8th day:

Workers of Tuba Group on Monday continued their fast unto death for eighth day pressing for arrear wages and festival allowance.

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee reiterated that they would not accept partial payment offered by the owners and said that the owners must pay their wages for three months and the festival allowance at a time.

More than 100 protesting workers became ill so far and seven were sent to different hospitals on Monday when they became seriously ill, committee leaders said.
Several hundred Tuba Group workers and Garments Sramik Oikya Forum president Muahrefa Mishu were taking part in the fasting at the 7th floor of the Hossain Market at North Badda in the capital.

The committee staged rallies in different apparel industrial belts across the country on Monday to press its five-point demands including payment of arrear wages for three months to 1,600 Tuba Group workers, cancellation of bail granted by the High Court to Tuba Group owner Delwer Hossain and compensating workers who were taking part in the fasting.

The committee will lay seize to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association building at Karwanbazar today, its leaders said in a statement on Monday.
Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of the eight left leaning political parties, the Communist Party of Bangladesh and the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Nagarik Oikya, 30 apparel workers’ organisations and Textile Garments Workers Federation held separate programmes demanding resolution of the crisis.
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* People rise for Tuba workers:

Demand all dues for them immediately, cancellation of Delwar’s bail

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The demonstrators of Gonotantrik Bam Morcha try to break through a police barricade at Jatiya Press Club and head towards the Secretariat to besiege the energy ministry there in the capital yesterday, demanding the full payment of all dues of several hundred workers of Tuba Group’s five garment factories immediately. photo: star

Rights and political activists yesterday demanded the full payment of all dues of the Tuba Group garment workers and cancellation of the bail of the group’s Managing Director Delwar Hossain, saying the labourers could not be used as hostage to ensure his release from jail.

The demands came from a human chain of Sangkhuddho Nari Samaj (Aggrieved Women’s Society), a platform of human and labour rights bodies, held in front of the capital’s Jatiya Press Club. Representatives from at least 12 organisations participated in the programme.

The authorities of Tuba’s five garment factories have not paid their 1,600 workers the salaries of the last three months plus the Eid-ul-Fitr bonus, saying that since Delwar was in jail, the banks were not giving them loans and thus they could not pay the workers.

Delwar, also owner of Tazreen Fashions, was sent to prison in February in the connection with the devastating fire at Tazreen in November 2012, which killed at least 112 workers.
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* Tuba workers stage demo before BGMEA office today:

Rejecting a proposal of BGMEA, the workers of Tuba Group yesterday said they would lay siege to the office of the garment makers’ platform today.

On Sunday, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) proposed payments of two months while the workers have been agitating for three months’ salaries along with festival bonus.
“We do not agree with the BGMEA. We want the full payment of three months and bonus,” said Khokon Mia, a senior operator of the group yesterday.
Today, their demonstration in front of the BGMEA office in the capital’s Karwan Bazar area will begin around 11:00am, he added.

“We don’t want any empty assurances. Our owners and the BGMEA have cheated us many times before and they would again betray us if we break our fast now,” Asma Akhtar, a 24-year-old worker, said.
“If necessary,” said Jyoti Begum, 30, who has been fasting since the Day 1, said, “I will commit suicide to set an example here.
“May be the authorities would begin to understand our hardship if some of us die here. We are dying of hunger anyway.”
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* Did BGMEA play its due role?:

The painful saga of the Tuba Group workers’ agitation over a payment of dues has been quite revealing of the questionable role played by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in the crisis.

And that has been despite the fact that the association was tasked to streamline its member factories.
The BGMEA staged the payment drama at such a time when the whole world has been focusing on Bangladesh’s garment sector, particularly over safety and labour standards in the workplace.

The BGMEA was also supposed to monitor such compliance factors as timely payment of wages and safety and security measures for workers of its affiliated member factories.
Sadly, though, that role was conspicuous by its absence.

The laidback role of the BGMEA has, it appears, only encouraged member factories in perpetuating their bad practices. Their misdeeds touched the peaks.
The ramifications of the BGMEA’s laxity in monitoring the factories are all out there: there has been a collapse in safety and security measures in the garment units.

Memories are yet fresh in the public mind about the callousness which caused two of the deadliest disasters in the nation’s garments sector.
The Tazreen Fashions fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse occurred within a space of six months between 2012 and 2013.
It was the nation that paid the price when the US went for the harsh move of suspending trade privileges under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) on June 27 last year.
It is not too hard to see that the Tuba Group’s sister concern Tazreen Fashions was largely responsible for the suspension of the GSP facilities.
As if that was not enough of a shock, the collapse of the Rana Plaza only compounded the issue.

The suspension of the GSP status was clearly indicative of serious shortcomings insofar as labour rights and workplace safety in the sector were concerned.
It was a blow for the country since the United States happens to be the single largest export market for Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, there is the fear that the European Union, where 59 percent of the country’s exports are headed, might at some point be influenced by the US decision.
On July 8 last year, the Bangladesh government was compelled to sign a Sustainability Compact with the EU, promising an improvement in labour rights and workplace safety standards.
It was humiliating, but necessary.

Irony has been a striking feature in the garments sector despite the recent tragic incidents. Where after the Tazreen Fashions fire tragedy of November 24, 2012, Delwar Hossain, managing director of the Tuba Group, was not seen in public, he was spotted voting at the BGMEA election only a few months later.
That he enjoyed the protection of the BGMEA was made clear.
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* Tuba workers to go for tougher movement:

Strike at all RMG units likely, security intensified

The Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee is set to announce today (Tuesday) tougher agitation programme, including observing strikes at the country’s apparel industrial belts to realise their demands, sources said.

The special committee, which was formed by the unpaid workers earlier, decided on Sunday night last to go for tougher movement to mount pressure on the BGMEA leaders and the government.

The sources said the announcement could come today (Tuesday) after their programme to lay seige to the BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) headquarters in the capital.

When contacted, organiser of the Sangram Committee Joly Talukder said they are going to announce fresh spell of movements like strikes in each of all apparel factories all over the country.

“The announcement could come tomorrow (Tuesday) during or after their earlier announced programme to gherao the BGMEA office,” she said. They would go for strike if the owners fail to respond to their demands by Tuesday evening.

Talking about the issue, President of Garment Workers Unity Forum Moshrefa Mishu, also convener of the Sangram Committee, said they have given enough time to the BGMEA leaders and the government to settle the issue. “Unfortunately, we’re yet to get any sign of settlement although the ongoing hunger strike of the unpaid workers stepped into eight consecutive days that left more than 100 workers ill,” she said.
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* Cops foil left bodies’ bid to lay siege to ministry:

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Garment workers of five factories of Tuba Group continue their protests for the sixth day on Saturday to demand due salaries and festival bonuses in Badda, Dhaka. Photo: STAR

Failing to lay siege to labour ministry in face of police resistance, leaders and activists of Gonotantrik Bam Morcha staged a sit-in near secretariat in the capital for half an hour today. 

The leaders and activists of Bam Morcha, an alliance of several leftist parties, ended their programme around 12:30pm through a brief rally.

Earlier in the day, several hundreds of the alliance gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club around 11:15am and held a rally demanding immediate payment of the due salaries and Eid bonus to the garment workers of Tuba Group.

After the rally, the activists started towards the secretariat in procession in a bid to lay siege to the ministry as part of their prescheduled programme.

As they reached near the barricades set up by police before the gate No-5 of the secretariat, the law enforcers resisted them, triggering the sit-in programme.

The alliance announced the programme yesterday expressing solidarity with the 1,600 RMG workers of Tuba Group who are continuing their hunger strike for the eighth consecutive day today to realise their five-point demand including payment of their three months’ salaries and festival bonus.

Garment makers platform BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association) yesterday agreed to pay two months’ salaries to the 1,600 workers of Tuba Group, but the workers rejected the offer.
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* Force Tuba Group to clear workers’ dues: Left parties :

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Members of thirty garment workers’ organisations staged a hunger strike in front of the National Press Club in the city Monday demanding payment of unpaid salaries and Eid bonus to workers of Tuba Group.— FE Photo

Left-leaning organisations 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 realising 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, organised by several leftist parties and platforms, including Gonotantrik Bam Morcha, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), 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.”
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* Tuba workers continue fasting:

Police obstructs lefts’ march towards labour ministry

Workers of Tuba Group continued their fast unto death for the eighth consecutive day on Monday demanding payment of their arrears, wages and festival allowance, rejecting the authorities’ offer of partial payment.

More 30 organisations of apparel workers observed token hunger strike extending solidarity to the Tuba Group workers in front of National Press Club.

The left-leaning organisations faced police obstruction near Bangladesh Secretariat as they marched towards labour ministry to press for immediate resoloution to the demands of Tuba Group workers.

The hunger-striking workers of Tuba Group on Sunday rejected the authorities’ offer to pay two months’ wages.
They vowed to continue their protests until all their dues and festival allowance were cleared.
Police obstructed the activists of the Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left
leaning political parties, putting barbed wire fences when they marched towards labour ministry after a brief rally in front of National Press Club.
The left activists scuffled with police and continued sit-in where they faces police barricade.
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* BNP to wage movement if Tuba workers not paid dues:

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday urged the government and authorities concerned to provide immediate payment of all wages in arrear to Tuba Group workers.

If the payment is not madse immediately, the party would wage movement to relise the demands of the Tuba Gropu workers, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press conference at the party’s central office in the city.
He said that the families of Tuba Group workers, now on fast unto death for the pauyment of arrears, were starving as the workers were not being paid wages.
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* Buck-passing over paying workers should stop:

The failure of the management of the Tuba Group to clear the dues of some 1,600 workers leading to their fast-unto-death protest programme has thrown this already troubled garment sector into a fresh spiral of crisis.

Because, with the entry of the industry’s apex body Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the government in the negotiations to pay three months’ salary plus Eid bonus to the demonstrating workers, it is no more the internal problem of  a particular company.

And with some 11 left-leaning organisations expressing solidarity with the agitating workers under the banner of the Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee to realise their five-point demand, the grievances of the Tuba employees have assumed a significance broader than that of a particular group of workers.
All this has been possible thanks to the shamelessness, chicanery as well as callousness of the people who own the company.

It is heart-wrenching that when their colleagues in other garment factories were happily enjoying the Eid holidays, reuniting with their families in the countryside, 1,600 workers of Tuba Group were forced into this pitiable condition.

When the whole nation was in celebratory mood, these people were crying in the wilderness to get paid for the work they have already done.
To think that the company earned Tk. 39 crore selling jerseys for  the  World Cup football and other garment products overseas from January until June, but failed to pay the workers with whose labour those products were created.
No wonder this is from the self-same owner whose callousness was to blame for the deaths of some 1,200 workers in another of his factories, Tazreen Fashions, in Ashulia in November 2012.
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There is hardly any room for further wasting of time in meeting the demands of the workers of Tuba Group. If the BGMEA leaders fail to live up to their word, the government, the labour ministry in particular, must step in.

There has been a lot of buck-passing over paying garment workers their due.
We say enough is enough.
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* RMG workers take to the street for overtime remuneration:

Workers said the factory authority had recently stopped proving the overtime remuneration to them

Hundreds of workers of Hatchong BD Limited, a sweater factory in Baroipara area under Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur, staged a demonstration and observed work abstension yesterday morning demanding arears.

Workers said the factory authority had recently stopped proving the overtime remuneration to them.
In the morning, the workers went to the factory and demanded the authority to include overtime remuneration into their salary.

Earlier, the garment authority pledged that it would provide overtime remunartion to those workers who stay at factory after 5pm, according labour law.

As the authority refused to pay overtime’s salary, the workers left their working place and started a peacefull demonstration in front of the factory.
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* BGMEA to pay Tuba workers:

Garment makers platform BGMEA yesterday agreed to pay two months’ salaries to the 1,600 workers of Tuba Group.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association in a statement asked the workers to receive two months’ salaries from the office of the association on Wednesday.

Tuba Group will pay Eid bonuses and the salary of the rest one month later, said SM Mannan Kochi, the acting BGMEA president.

The BGMEA will arrange the fund from big garment exporters as loan and Tuba will repay it, Kochi said.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu and labour union leaders.

The BGMEA on Saturday sought emergency funds from some garment companies to clear the dues. On July 31, the association promised to pay three months’ arrears, overtime and festival bonuses of the workers in seven workdays.
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* Under pressure, BGMEA to pay dues of Tuba:

Agitating workers say they will not accept anything other than full payment of all their dues

Garment exporters’ association BGMEA has agreed to pay two months’ wages to more than 1,600 workers of the Tuba Group, but not before the prime minister’s intervention.

However, the agitating workers have rejected the proposal demanding all their dues be paid altogether.

At least 1,200 workers of five factories of the Tuba Group have been fasting for seven days at the Hossain Market in the capital’s Badda area, demanding payment of three months’ wages, overtime and Eid bonuses.

Around 90 workers have fallen sick from days of fasting and 15 of them, in critical conditions, have been admitted to various hospitals in the city.

The fateful Tazreen Fashions, where a factory fire killed more than a hundred people in November 2012, belonged to this group. The group’s Managing Director Delowar Hossain was arrested last year on charges of showing “negligence” which led to the factory fire.

The group’s management has been saying that it could not pay the dues for May, June and July and the Eid bonuses as the banks would not give them the fund unless their owner was freed.

However, the group paid all the dues to the workers of two of its factories before Eid. The fact that the managing director was in jail did not prevent them from getting the funds out of banks.
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* Tuba workers reject offer to clear dues in phases:

The striking Tuba Group workers rejected the authorities’ offer at a tripartite meeting Sunday to start disbursing their wage arrears from Wednesday.

The workers said Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) leaders and the government were mocking them by making such an assurance.

According to the decision at the tripartite meeting, the unpaid workers will receive wage arrears for the months of May and June last on August 6 from the BGMEA.

Dues for the month of July will be cleared on August 10 next as per the decision of the tripartite committee reached in the meeting among government high-ups, apparel makers and a section of apparel workers’ leaders.

After the meeting, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan shared the decision with the reporters. He said the decision on payment of the festival allowances and overtime bills would be taken later after discussion with the management of Tuba Group.

“It’s up to the workers whether they will receive their dues or not,” the minister said in response to a query at the post-meeting briefing.

Expressing his optimism, he, however, said the workers would withdraw their hunger strike after accepting the decision of the tripartite committee.
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* Government to challenge Delowar’s bail:

It was the last working day of the Supreme Court before its month-long vacation began

The government will appeal with the Supreme Court against a recent High Court order that granted bail to imprisoned Delowar Hossain, the owner of Tuba Group which also owns Tazreen Fashions, where a fire killed at least 112 workers in 2012.

Deputy Attorney General Shafiul Bashar Bhandary yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune: “The appeal against Delowar Hossain’s bail is under process. A decision has been made to file the petition seeking a stay order on the High Court’s bail order.”

Bhandary had opposed the bail prayer by Delowar’s counsel during a hearing on July 24 when the High Court bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder granted him two month’s ad interim bail in a case filed regarding the tragic factory fire.

It was the last working day of the Supreme Court before its month-long vacation began. During the vacation, only special courts sit to deal with urgent cases. Bhandary, however, could not confirm when they would submit the appeal to the Supreme Court’s chamber judge’s court.

The chamber judge’s vacation court sat on July 31. It will sit again tomorrow and on August 12, 19 and 25, according to the official website a the apex court.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam is currently abroad.

Additional Attorney General Murad Reza, who is now working as the acting attorney general, told the Dhaka Tribune: “Deputy Attorney General [Shafiul Bashar Bhandary] has sent me a note regarding the appeal.
We will make a decision regarding the issue after seeing the note.”

When asked how long it may take to file the petition, Murad Reza said: “The process is underway. It will take two or three days.” In response to another question, he said: “If the accused [Delowar] is released from jail by this time, we will pray to the court to issue a directive for his surrender.”
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* Govt to appeal HC order:

Tuba Group MD’s bail

The government has decided to appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking its stay on the High Court (HC) Division’s order that recently granted bail to detained Tuba Group managing director (MD) Delwar Hossain.

The state law officer concerned, however, could not specify any date of filing the petition for the apex court’s stay on the HC bail order.

“We have decided to appeal against the HC bail order,” Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Shafiul Bashar Bhandary told the FE Sunday.

About the date to do so, Mr Bhandary said, “Filing of the petition against the HC’s bail order is under process; it may take time.”

In reply to a query whether the Attorney General’s office received certified copy of the bail order, the DAG said, “There is no need of the certified copy because we will file a civil miscellaneous petition (CMP) for leave-to-appeal, which does not require it (certified copy).”
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* Workers reject new wage date, continue demo:

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The agitating garment workers of Tuba Group this afternoon vowed to continue their demonstration rejecting the authorities’ assurance of payment of two months’ wages on Wednesday.

Today, the seventh day of their mass hunger strike, they insisted that the owners pay their three months’ due salaries and festival bonuses in full and immediately.

The workers’ announcement came around 6:30pm, one and half hours after garment the factory owners’ association — Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) — had asked them to end their demonstration and return to work.

They workers also vowed to lay siege to BGMEA Bhaban in the Dhaka on Tuesday.
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20140803 * Tuba Group RMG workers to be paid Wednesday:

The arrears of garment workers employed in five factories of Tuba Group will be disbursed on Wednesday as tension was growing over the issue.

The decision came from a tripartite meeting among the government, leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters association (BGMEA) and Garment Sramik Somonnoy Parishad held at the BGMEA office on Sunday.

According to the decision, workers and employees of the five garment units will be able to collect their salaries of May and June from the BGMEA Complex from 10am on the day.
The three parties agreed that the factory authorities will timely disburse the salaries of July, as fixed by them while the allowances and other arrears will be paid soon.

The demonstrating workers and employees have been asked to collect their salaries as per the decisions and withdraw their demonstration immediately.
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20140803 * Tuba group workers to get 50% arrears by Thursday: BGMEA:

The demonstrating garment workers of Tuba Group will get over 50 of their salaries and Eid bonuses by Thursday, a BGMEA leader said here today.

“We hope that the Tuba Group workers will get a big chunk of their arrears by Thursday,” Shahidullah Azim, vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), told BSS.

Nearly 1,600 apparel workers of the group went on fast-unto-death on the seventh floor of the factory housed in Hossain Market at Pragati Sarani since the Eid Day demanding their arrears.

Azim said, “We’ve already said that the problems regarding payment of outstanding salaries and bonuses of Tuba Group workers will be resolved in a week.” “We’re working to that end,” said the BGMEA leader.
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20140803 * BGMEA pays workers’ salary Wednesday:

Bangladesh Garment Manufactures & Exporters Association (BGMEA) will pay the due salaries of the workers of Tuba Group on Wednesday.

The BGMEA leaders made the disclosure after the meeting with the labor leaders on Sunday afternoon.
The authorities said they would pay the salary of May and June at BGMEA building from 10:00 am on that day.
They will also give the salary of July till August 10.
Earlier in the day, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed asked the authorities concerned to pay workers’ salary.
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20140803 * RMG workers to lay siege to BGMEA bhaban Aug 5:

Readymade garment workers from across the country will lay seize to BGMEA Bhaban in the capital on August 5 to drum up the movement for realising the arrears of Tuba Group’s labourers.

They will also hold rallies and bring out processions across the country tomorrow (August 4). The programme will begin in every RMG industrial area of the country at about 4:00pm.

Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum, made the announcement at a press conference held at the Hossain Super Market, which houses three units of the group, this afternoon.

In her written statement, she called upon the country’s “patriotic people, labours and workers” from all sections of life to ensure their overwhelming participation to make the programme a success.

Earlier, Mishu, who has been fasting along with the RMG workers of Tuba Group since Monday, threatened that they would wage a tougher movement if the authorities concerned failed to pay their arrears immediately.
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20140803 * Clear Tuba Group workers’ dues demand by Monday: Union leaders :

Garment workers here on Sunday gave the government and the BGMEA an ultimatum to make arrangements for the payment of their four months’ salaries, Eid bonus and overtime bills by Tuba Group by Monday (Aug 3).

They also threatened to wage a strong movement in industrial zones across the country if the authorities fail to clear their dues by the given time.

Leaders of different garment workers’ organisations came up with the ultimatum at a human chain programme arranged by Garment Sramik Sangram Parishad in front of the Jatiya Eidgah gate in the city.

They urged the government to cancel the bail of Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain and hang him to death for the destructive fire at Tazreen Fashions in 2012.

Convener of Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad Shamim Imam said, “BGMEA had assured the 1,600 unpaid workers of Tuba group of paying their dues before Eid but they didn’t.”
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20140803 * Tuba workers threaten tougher movement:

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The demonstrating garment workers of Tuba Group today threatened to wage a tougher movement if the authorities concerned failed to pay their arrears immediately.  

“We will strengthen our agitation by occupying the BGMEA Bhaban and confining its leaders,” said Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum.

Mishu, who has been fasting along with the RMG workers of Tuba Group since Monday, was talking to reporters at Hossain Super Market, which houses three units of the group.

“We have been observing hunger strike for the last seven days in a peaceful manner. It will be a great mistake if the government and the authorities concerned treat us as weak,” she said.

Earlier in the day, the leaders and activists of Gonotantrik Bam Morcha, which expressed solidarity with the workers, announced to lay siege to the labour ministry tomorrow.

“We will seize the labour ministry at about 11:00am Monday to realise the workers’ demands for their arrears,” Subhrangshu Chakravarty, convener of the Bam Morcha, an alliance of several leftist parties, told The Daily Star today.
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20140803 * Labour leaders oppose Delwar’s bail, ministers at BGMEA to discuss way out:

Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad, a combine of eight apparel workers’ rights body, on Sunday formed a human chain in front of the High Court premises to oppose Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain’s two months’ interim bail.

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain obtained two months’ interim bail from a High Court bench.
He is in jail on homicide charges after one of his apparel factories Tazreen Fashions limited was gutted in 2012, killing 112 workers.

The rights body also held the protest programme to realise theb workers’ demand for payment of their wages, arrears and Eid bonus.
Meanwhile, Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee is likely to announce its fresh programme at a press conference this afternoon at Hossain Market of North Badda in the city.
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20140803 * Govt to appeal against Delwar’s bail:

The government will appeal against the High Court order that granted bail to Tazreen Fashion’s Limited Managing Director Delwar Hossain.

Deputy Attorney General Shafiul Bashar Bhandary said this on Sunday.

Bhandary said: “The appeal against the Tazreen Fashion’s owner Delwar Hossain’s bail is under process.”

However, Acting Attorney General Murad Reza said: “The DAG has sent a note regarding the appeal. But we will decide whether to appeal or not after seeing the note.”
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20140803 * Tuba Group workers hold sit-in:

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Workers of the Tuba Garment put up a barricade on the road in front of the factory yesterday demanding their overdue wages and Eid bonus

Failing to bring out the procession in the face of police resistance, they sat on the road blocking one side of the street

On the sixth day of their fast-unto-death programme demanding three months’ outstanding wages and Eid bonuses, the workers of five garment factories of Tuba Group staged a sit-in programme in front of Hossain Market that houses three units.

Under the banner of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee, the agitating workers, along with leaders and activists of 11 left leaning parties came out of the building to hold a procession on Badda-Gulshan road around 11am yesterday.

Failing to bring out the procession in the face of police resistance, they sat on the road blocking one side of the street. They kept the road occupied for around an hour, encircled by the police.

At the end of the demo, a section of demonstrators scuffled with the police while trying to remove the barricade the law enforcers put on the street. But there were no incidents of injuries.

At the demonstration, the workers chanted slogans in favour of their five-point demands – immediate payment of the outstanding wages, bonuses and overtime dues of 1,600 workers; job security for all workers of Tuba Group; keeping all the factories operational; scrapping of Managing Director Delowar’s bail; and paying compensation to the deceased workers of Tazreen Fashions and bearing costs of treatment of those injured in the devastating fire incident of 2012.
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20140803 * Tuba Group owners given 24 hours to pay workers’ dues:

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee held a protest rally in front of Hossain Market at North Badda in the city on Saturday morning defying police obstacles.

A large contingent of police was deployed in the area where workers of Tuba Group garment factories continued their hunger strike for the sixth straight day for three months’ wage and festival allowance.

Speaking at the rally, politicians, academics and labour leaders gave the government and  Tuba Group owners 24 hours to resolve the crisis arising from non-payment of the wages of 1,600 workers.

Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim warned that the workers would go for a tougher movement if Tuba Group owners failed to pay the wages and festival allowance in 24 hours.
Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman called on the government and the factory owners to take immediate steps to pay the wages that remained outstanding for four months.
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20140803 * No govt instruction to appeal against Delwar’s bail:

Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain has obtained two months’ interim bail from a High Court bench after three other benches had denied him bail in July.

The bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder on July 24 granted Delwar the bail for two months on his application that he would pay wages to the workers of his factories that remained outstanding since February as he was in jail, the court’s deputy attorney general Shafiul Bashar Bhandari told New Age on Saturday.

Bashar also said he had received no instructions from the government to move the Appellate Division against Delwar’s bail.
There were allegations that Delwar had suppressed facts in obtaining the bail, which legal experts said, was tantamount to ‘fraud’ and ‘professional misconduct’ by his lawyer as per the Supreme Court of Bangladesh (High Court Division) Rules, 1973.

As per the Rule 6 of the General Rules for Applications and Affidavits stipulates, ‘When an application is made to the Court or to the Registrar in any matter in which any previous application was made to the Court or to the Registrar to the same effect, or with the same object, or with a similar object, the fact of such application having been made and the order passed thereon shall be clearly stated in the application.’
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20140803 * Govt asks BGMEA to settle dues in a day or two:

State minister for labour Mujibul Haque on Saturday urged garment industry leaders to find a way out of the ongoing crisis over the wage arrears and festival allowance of the workers of Tuba Group in a day or two.

The state minister sat with the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association at the association’s head office on the day and requested them to arrange the payment to the workers at any cost in the shortest possible time.

BGMEA acting president SM Mannan Kochi, vice presidents Mohammad Shahidullah Azim and Reaz bin Mahmood, former president Tipu Munshi and former vice-president Siddiqur Rahman attended the meeting.
‘The promise [of payment] in seven working days is pretty vague.

The BGMEA will have to announce a specific date for the payment to the workers and I have requested the association leaders to resolve the crisis without delay,’ Mujibul told New Age.
‘I asked the BGMEA leaders to meet the lawful demands of Tuba Group workers and said that waiting for seven working days would be tough for the workers who are already hard pressed,’ he said.

He warned that the government would be forced to take legal action against the factory authorities concerned, if the BGMEA failed to settle the issue of payment to the workers of the five garment factories of Tuba Group. Mujibul also said that the government did not want to take legal action at the moment because it might delay the process for payment to the workers.
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20140803 * Seized machines, hungry garments and bloodied strawberry:

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Many apparel factory workers of five Tuba Group factories on a hunger strike since July 28 at a unit of the group at Madhya Badda in Dhaka fall ill on the fourth consecutive day of their protests on Thursday. — New Age

Hunger strike and seizure of machines by garments workers in and near Dhaka during the last part of July 2014 were part of Bangladesh labour action that is moving unabated through experiences of gains and failures.

In distant Greece, labourers from Bangladesh witnessed a court verdict that further bloodied already bloody strawberries. The incidents once again confirmed the dominating reality: dominance of capital. The incidents, on the opposite, also showed an emerging reality: labourers’ increasing action.

Of seized machine
Eid, the Muslim’s festival after a month of fasting and practising restraints on aspects of life, was approaching.
That was July.
All salaried employees and wage labourers usually get festival allowance.
It is the rule, practice and tradition. The allowance provides for a small opportunity to mend torn-down life of the hard-pressed labourers and low-salaried employees.

But alas! Workers in a garments factory were not going to have it.
Their wages for the months of June were not paid. Uncertain was the festival allowance.
The aggrieved workers had to resort to action: demonstration. And, then, they had to resort to strike.
The owner and his management cadres fled away.
A few accounts officials were gheraoed, kept seized, for five days that led to a ‘resolution’: payment of all unpaid wages and festival allowance by July 21, 2014. It was a written commitment from the factory management.
The seizure was withdrawn.
The owner-committed time limit for payment of wages and allowance passed.
Eid approached nearer. Darkness of uncertainty was coming closer to workers. They frantically tried to contact the owner. But, to no avail!
He was beyond reach.

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Of hungry garments
About 1,500 workers of five garments factories in Dhaka resorted to protests and about three hundred of them went on a hunger strike to realise their unpaid wages for the months of May and June and the festival allowance.
The hunger strike continued for days and it was during the Eid festival while millions of people were celebrating the festival and the entire country was in a festive mood. Scores of workers were sent to hospital as they collapsed from hunger strike.
The workers returned to the factory, the place of the hunger strike, and joined their striking colleagues after being discharged from hospital.

The Progressive Doctors’ Forum, an association of physicians connected to the Communist Party of Bangladesh, extended medical care to the striking workers.
The commitments for the payment of wages and the festival allowance were made three times on behalf of the owners.

But all the commitments remained unfulfilled. As the festival neared, the workers began protest that later led them to resort to hunger strike. Initially, there was none to unknot the problem of non-payment.
Later, the garments manufacturers’ association sought another week for a partial payment.
It was reported that the factories, owned by the Tuba Group, produced garments amounting to Tk. 260 million during the recently concluded World Cup Football.
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20140803 * Tuba workers threaten protests if dues not cleared by today:

Organisations of workers in the apparel sector plan to launch massive protests, including countrywide work abstention, from this week, unless the demands made by the agitating workers of five Tuba Group factories are met by today (Sunday).

Seeking anonymity, a labour leader at the protest rally of the workers Saturday said they would launch a tougher movement, including work abstention at each apparel unit all over the country from the current week if the payments of protesting workers are not paid by tomorrow (Sunday).

“We don’t want to call any such programme as we’re in favour of smooth functioning of the factories. But we have no alternative,” he said.

Leaders of 20 organisations of workers, mostly left-leaning ones, have already expressed their solidarity with the unpaid Tuba workers, who have been on a hunger strike for the last six days at their workplace at Badda in the capital.

More than 15 other organisations sat in an emergency meeting to discuss about the crisis, which could lead to serious trouble in the country’s highest foreign currency earning sector.

Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee, a special body formed Friday last by the protestors, has already started spreading the wave of protest to other industrial belts in a bid to press home their demands.

The agitating workers have set a fresh deadline for meeting their five-point demand at the protest rally held on Saturday.

Different groups of workers, political leaders, rights activists and civil society members raised their voice in favour of the 1,600 striking workers of the five Tuba Group units, as they have been going unpaid since May last.

Talking to the FE, a key member of the committee Taslima Akhter Lima, convener of the Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati (BGSS), said they had been maintaining communications with other labour groups in different industrial belts to ensure their participation in the ongoing protest.

“We’re receiving good response from them,” she said.
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20140803 * BGMEA seeks emergency funds:

The BGMEA yesterday sought emergency funds from big garment companies to clear the dues of Tuba Group workers, as protests continued for the sixth day.

The development came in a meeting of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association with State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu.
The sum would be extended as a loan to Tuba Group, a person present at the meeting told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.
More than Tk 4.14 crore is needed to pay three months’ arrears and Eid bonuses to the 1,600 workers of Tuba Group.

For that end, both the BGMEA and Tuba management applied for bank loans but were rejected for failure to provide a guarantee from the company’s managing director Delwar Hossain, who has been detained in jail since February 9 for his role in Tazreen fire in November 2012 that took 112 lives.
“We have already said the workers will be paid within seven working days. The bail to Delwar is a matter of the court. But, we have taken this initiative to pay the workers. I hope the bigger groups will respond to our call.”
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20140803 * No problem with Tuba bank accounts:

Bank accounts of the Tuba Group have not been frozen and that indicates no official impediment for the apparel group to paying wages to its workers even during custody of its managing director, circles concerned have said.

Leaders of the BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) earlier at a press conference said that despite their initiative, it was not possible to pay wages and other benefits to the workers because of detention of its owner and lack of cooperation from the banks concerned.

Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain was sent to jail by a court on February 9 last after his surrender before it in the case filed in connection with the devastating 2012 fire at the Tazreen Fashions, a unit of the group.

“We even did not pray before the High Court (HC) to freeze the bank accounts of the group so that payment of wages to its workers is not hampered,” Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, a lawyer of the Tazreen fire case, told the FE Saturday.
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* Women-led seven garment workers’ federation:

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Women-led seven garment workers’ federation arranged a press conference in the city Saturday demanding payment of the dues of workers of Tuba Groups garment factory. — Focus Bangla Photo.
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20140802 * Tuba workers stage demo in city :

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The workers of Tuba garments factory staged demonstration in front of their factory at Badda in the city to press for the payment of their dues on Saturday.

Police said the workers of ‘Tuba Garments’, who are on strike since Tuesday, took to the streets around 11 am demanding that their three months’ outstanding salaries and overtime be cleared immediately.
The agitated workers blocked the road in front of their factory.
On information, additional force of police was deployed in the area to avert further trouble.
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20140802 * State minister sits with BGMEA to resolve Tuba labour crisis:

State minister for labour and employment, Mujibul Haque Chunnu sat with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association leaders on Saturday in his bid to end Tuba workers’ hunger strike, BGMEA sources said.

A section of the workers of the export-oriented Tuba Group continued their hunger strike for the sixth straight day and agitated on Saturday morning, demanding payment of their arrears, wages and festival bonuses.

BGMEA acting president SM Mannan Kochi, vice presidents Mohammad Shahidullah Azim and Reaz Bin Mahmud and former president Tipu Munshi were kept on discussing the Tuba crisis during filing this report at 1:00pm.
The outcome of the meeting could not be known immediately.

But a former BGMEA president, on condition of anonymity, said that the state minister and the BGMEA leaders were working hard to end the Tuba crisis.

The Garments Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu earlier announced programmes on behalf of the demonstrators and placed the five-point charter
of demands.
Those included:
* immediate payment of arrear wages of past three months and festival allowance,
* keeping all the units of Tuba Group running to ensure employment of the workers,
* ensuring physical and psychological treatment to the workers who fell sick during the hunger strike,
* cancelling the bail of Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain and award him death sentence,
* and ensuring total compensation for the injured workers and the families of those who remain missing till date in the 2012 deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions, owned by Delwar Hossain.

The Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, The Socialist Party of Bangladesh, The Communist Party of Bangladesh and eleven other left-leaning organisations extended their solidarity to the movement of the apparel workers.
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20140802 * Cancel Delwar’s bail: Tuba workers:

Hundreds of workers of Tuba Group staged demonstration in front of Hossain Market in the city on Saturday morning demanding cancelling ‘the bail’ for its owner Delwar Hossain in a case filed over Tazreen Fashions fire two years ago.

Tuba Group, which has five readymade garment factories at the 12-storey Hossain Market in Dhaka’s Uttar Badda, also owned Tazreen Fashions Ltd that caught fire in November 2012 killing about 116 workers, injuring 170 others.

Meanwhile, the indefinite hunger strike programme of agitating Tuba workers entered sixth day. Earlier, they rejected the BGMEA’s pledge of payments in 7 days.

Over 600 Tuba workers thronged Hossain Market premises to enforce their demonstration there around 11:00am.
They chanted slogans, demanding three-month’s unpaid salary and allowances, including Eid bonus. T
he protesters also demanded Tuba Managing Director Delwar’s supreme punishment for what they said killing of 116 Tazreen Fashions workers and burning 170 others.
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20140802 * Tuba workers partially block Badda-Gulshan road:

Tuba workers scuffle with cops : read more.

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Workers of Tuba Group and activists of left parties demonstrate in front of the factory on Gulshan-Badda link road in the capital. Photo: TV grab

The workers of Tuba Group, who are on hunger strike, today took to the Badda-Gulshan link road in the capital since this morning after police foiled their attempt for holding a rally in front of the factory.

Road communications were partially disrupted following the agitation programme till noon when the report was filed.

At least 1,600 workers are continuing their hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day today to realise their five-point demand including unpaid salary and Eid bonus and cancellation the bail reportedly granted to the group’s managing director Delwar Hossain.

The workers along with the activists of 11 left parties, who joined the agitation yesterday under the banner of Tuba Group Sramik (workers) Sangram Committee, started gathering in front of the factory housed at Hossain Market at Badda to hold a prescheduled rally.
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20140802 * BGMEA, labour leaders behind Tuba agitation:

Workers were told only freeing Delowar could ensure due wages

Neither the BGMEA nor Tuba Group management nor workers’ leaders involved in the ongoing agitation seemed sincere in ensuring workers’ payment before Eid; rather, they allegedly pushed them into untold sufferings only to free Delowar Hossain, the owner of the group, from prison.

When some 1,600 garment workers of the Tuba Group were eagerly waiting to draw their overdue wages before Eid their representatives along with the leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association persuaded them to launch an agitation to free Delowar so they get their payments.

Delowar was arrested in connection with the November 2012 Tazreen factory fire.
The workers, however, are yet to get a single penny.
They have been on a fast-unto-death demonstration for the fifth consecutive day starting a day before Eid for the dues.

Talking to several workers of five factories of the Tuba Group – who participated in the negotiation with the BGMEA – this correspondent came to know that leaders of the apex trade body had persuaded the workers to demonstrate to free Delowar.
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China Akter, a line chief of the Tuba Textile, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We had given up the hope of getting our salaries and bonuses, but a ray of hope became visible when Mishu apa came.

“She announced the hunger strike and we joined her.”

Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum (GWUF), told the Dhaka Tribune: “We informed the BGMEA that we were going to stage a fast-unto-death as there were no options left.”

She said after several failed attempts to contact any official of the BGMEA she sent a text message to BGMEA Vice-President Shahidullah Azim informing him about the demands of the workers.
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20140802 * Tuba workers’ hunger strike passes fifth day:

A hunger strike by more than hundred people working in factories owned by Tuba Group passed the fifth day on Friday, as the workers failed to realise their demand for unpaid salary and festival allowance.

Tuba Group owns five ready-made garment factories, including the ill-fated Tazreen Fashion factory, which caught fire in November 2012 killing at least 117 people. So far, ten people have been admitted to hospital from falling sick during the strike, being observed on the premises of a Tuba factory in North Badda.

Meanwhile, a newly-formed platform of the workers – Tuba Group Sramik Sangaram Committee – will hold a rally and procession, in front of Hossain Market in the area, at 11:00am today.
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20140802 * Cancel ‘Delwar’s bail’:

Tuba workers demand; demo today

The workers of Tuba Group have announced an agitation programme for today to realise their five-point demand, including the cancellation of the reported bail granted to owner Delwar Hossain.

As their hunger strike yesterday entered the fifth consecutive day, the workers also rejected the BGMEA’s pledge of payments.

About 1,600 workers could not go to their village homes to celebrate Eid as they were ye to get three months’ arrears and festival bonus. Their hunger strike began on Monday on the factory premises in Hossain Market area of North Badda, Dhaka.
“We demand cancelling Delwar Hossain’s bail,” Moshrefa Mishu, president of Garment Workers Unity Forum (GWUF), on behalf of the workers, told journalists at the spot.
“We want the highest punishment for Delwar.
“We also demand payment of arrears and bonus to the workers and compensation for their physical and mental sufferings due to the hunger strike.
“Besides, the authorities have to ensure job security of workers after the payments.”
Today’s demonstration will start from 11 in the morning in front of the Hossain Super Market and continue until 12:30pm.
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20140802 * Tuba workers vow to continue strike:

BGMEA pledge rejected, cancellation of MD’s bail demanded

The workers of five Tuba Group factories rejected Friday the apparel trade body’s assurance about payments and decided to continue their ongoing agitation unless their demands are met.

They said the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) made a ploy to get released Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tuba Group, now in jail in the Tazreen Fashions fire case.

They were just holding nearly 1,600 workers of the five units hostage only to force the government to release Delwar.

The Tuba Group is the parent company of the Tazreen Fashions that burnt down on November 24, 2012 killing at least 112 workers.

At a press conference Garment Workers Solidarity Forum leader Moshrefa Mishu said they would stage a protest rally Saturday (today) in front of the Hossain Super Market, which houses three of Tuba Group factories, demanding payment of their wage arrears and other allowances.

About the BGMEA assurance, she said, “It’s nothing but an evil design to deter us from staging our agitation through delaying it. The earnings made by the Tuba Group over the last three months are much higher than the workers’ dues.”

“Will the BGMEA inquire about the export earnings or check with the bank accounts of errant factory owners?” the workers’ leader posed a question. She also has been taking part in the hunger strike from the first day. “BGMEA is trying many tricks to get Delwar Hossain out of jail and it’s a part of it. We want to make it clear that the workers will continue with their hunger strike until their demands are met,” Mishu said.
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* Tuba workers to stage demo Saturday:

 The workers have started the strike since Tuesday, demanding their dues of the last three months

The agitating workers of Tuba Group will stage demonstration in front of the factory in the capital’s Badda on Saturday.

Moshrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers’ Unity Forum (GWUF) made the announcement on Friday.
The workers will continue hunger strike until their five-point demand is met, she said.
However, the workers’ leader rejected the proposal of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to resolve the crisis within seven days as there is no specific date of payment and clear direction.

The Tuba Group workers began a hunger strike from Tuesday on Eid-day demanding their dues of the last three months.
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* Tuba workers reject BGMEA’s proposal, announce fresh programme:

The workers of Tuba Group, who are on hunger strike for past five days, on Friday announced fresh programmes rejecting the proposals of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

The workers announced the fresh programme with five-point charter of demands from site in Badda in Dhaka where they were on hunger strike demanding payment of their arrears, wages and festival allowance for the fifth consecutive day.

The Garments Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu announced programmes on behalf of the demonstrators and placed the five-point charter of demands those include immediate payment of arrear wages of past three months and festival allowance, keeping all the units of Tuba Group running to ensure employment of the workers, ensuring physical and psychological treatment to the workers who fell sick during the hunger strike, cancelling the bail of Tuba Group managing director Delwar Hossain and award him death sentence, and ensuring total compensation for the injured workers and the families of those who remain missing till date in the 2012 deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions, owned by Delwar Hossain.
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* Tuba workers’ protest procession Saturday:

Besides payment of dues, deprived workers declared protest procession form Saturday demanding supreme punishment of Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain.

Hundreds of Tuba workers will bring out the protest procession from in front of Badda Hossain Market in the city around 11:00am.

Tuba Group Workers Movement Alliance leader Moshrefa Mishu made the announcement on Friday noon.
She said that Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) is lying about workers salary and bonus.

“The organization said that dues couldn’t be paid as the owner was in jail — but where is money of shipments that we made in last months?” she threw a question.
She also alleged that these all are way to release Delwar using workers’ issue.
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* Owner of Tazreen Gets Bail – Delwar Hossain Roams Free Again:

The owner of the Tazreen Fashion factory that caused 124 deaths with numerous more injured is now free once more after he secured bail and is supposed to be finally released on Sunday or Monday (3 or 4 August 2014).

This news was confirmed by the State Minister for Labor Mr Mujibul Hoque Chunnu.
After a delay of more than a year, the infamous owner of Tazreen Mr. Delwar Hossain was finally jailed following a court order to which he surrendered.

After numerous attempts to get a bail, the recent “hunger strike till death” of the workers of Tuba Group (Tuba Group is owned by Delwar Hossain) who have not been paid their 3 months of due wages as well as overtime and festival bonus are alleged to have created an atmosphere where the possibility of negotiating in favor of Delwar Hossain’s bail and possible immunity from law could be forwarded by his relatives who now hold the helm of the group.

The ongoing protest has taken a toll on the workers who are already falling sick. However, they have been getting promises of a relief from this suffocating situation of hunger, grief and restlessness to no avail as yet.
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* Tuba Group crisis ‘stage-managed’:

Workers continue hunger strike for the fourth day; High Court bench granted Delwar bail before Eid

The non-payment of due wages and bonuses that prompted the workers of five factories of Tuba Group to go on hunger strike and the crisis created thereby was “stage-managed” by the management to orchestrate the freedom of owner Delwar Hossain, workers have alleged.

A High Court bench on July 24 granted two months’ ad interim bail to Delwar, arrested in connection with the November 2012 Tazreen factory that killed more than a hundred people.

Delwar, however, was still to be freed yesterday because his bail order was not processed due to the Eid vacations. For reasons unknown, the developments surrounding the bail remained out of media radar until the crisis deepened during the Eid vacations.

According to a court source, Delwar’s lawyer argued that he had to be freed for making sure that the workers of his factories got their dues paid.

Workers, who have been fasting for four days, alleged that the management of the group “created an artificial crisis” so that it could lead to the release of the owner.
They said the mother company needed more than Tk4.13 crore to clear all the dues of those five factories.

Interestingly, around 1,000 workers of another factory owned by Delwar got all their wages and bonuses in right time.
The fact that Delwar was in jail did not appear to be a problem as Tuba Group managed a packaging credit of over Tk1 crore from a commercial bank for paying their dues.

Yesterday, this reporter visited the site of Tuba Garments, the concern of the group whose workers got all their dues paid in time.
It was closed for seven days for the Eid vacations and there had not been any trace of worker unrest.

The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has also been saying that Tuba Group would not be able to pay the dues of the workers of those five factories unless their owner was released.

The BGMEA wanted to pay the dues before Eid but the banks refused to provide the fund because the owner was in jail, claimed SM Mannan, acting president of BGMEA.
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More than 70 of the agitators, including some workers’ leaders, have fell ill. Eight of them have been admitted to the Dhaka Metropolitan Community Hospital in Moghbazar.

“We were paid our wages up to April, when the factory made jersey for the FIFA World Cup,” said a line supervisor of one of the factories named Tuba Fashion.

 “The management started delaying our payments in a planned way so that they could get the owners released before Eid. They thought if they could give rise to a labour unrest before the festival, it would draw media as well as government attention,” he said.

“These five factories have been used as a tool for freeing the owner because there are more workers… They wanted us to demonstrate so that they could free the owner by indirectly creating pressure on us,” said a female sewing operator of Tayed Design, another factory owned by Delwar’s Tuba Group.

Labour leader Sirajul Islam Rony, who has expressed solidarity with the agitating workers, endorsed the Tuba management’s scheme.

“The allegation that they tried to free the owner by holding the workers hostage is not completely baseless. An NGO tried to persuade the workers to directly demand the owner’s release. But they did not pay heed,” Rony said.
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When asked why they had not gone to meet the agitating workers, former BGMEA president Tipu Munshie said: “I urge media to convey our message to the workers that we will talk to the government about the problem and make a decision about their going there.”

Tipu also said: “The workers demanded wages and other dues; they did not demand the release of Delwar.”
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* Counsel cashed Tuba crisis:

Despite repeated attempts, this correspondent found Advocate Amin’s mobile phone switched off

Tuba Group’s imprisoned Managing Director Delowar Hossain’s counsel capitalised the mounting crisis surrounding the unpaid dues of some 1,600 workers in five garment factories in the capital’s Badda area, as he secured bail for his client from a High Court bench just before the summer vacations of the Supreme Court began on July 25.

On July 24, the bench granted two month’s ad interim bail to Delowar – also owner of Tazreen Fashion where a fire killed 112 workers in November 2012.

It was the last working day of the Supreme Court before its month-long summer vacation started. Justice Syed A B Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder passed the bail order, said Deputy Attorney General Shafiul Bashar Bhandary, who said he had opposed the bail prayer.

DAG Shafiul said Delwar was not supposed to get bail if the merit of the case was being considered. But Delwar’s counsel M Aminuddin argued that the workers were in crisis and so Delwar needed to get bail.

He also argued that the Tazreen Fashion owner needed to be freed for the sake of law and order, peace and tranquility in and around the industry concerned.
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* Delwar granted bail by HC:

State minister for labour and employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu said on Thursday that Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain was granted bail by the High Court and hoped that he might be released from jail on Sunday or Monday.

‘Toba Group owner Delwar obtained bail before the Eid. I hope, the ongoing problems [over the workers’ dues] will be resolved after he is releases from jail on Sunday or Monday,’ the minister told New Age on Thursday night.

Rumours, meanwhile, spread among the hunger striking garment workers on Thursday that Delwar Hossain was released on bail but the authorities concerned said he was still in Dhaka Central Jail.

The workers of Tuba Group in the capital have been observing a hunger strike for the last four days for back pay and festival allowance.
Some members of law enforcement agencies deployed on the Tuba Group premises said that Delwar Hossain was bailed out.

Laili Begum, mother-in-law of Delwar Hossain, who was confined by the agitating workers, told New Age that she heard Delwar had obtained bail on the last working day (Sunday) before the Eid.
‘As it was the last working day, Delwar could not be freed from jail due to some procedural complexities and he would be freed any day,’ she said.
Laili also said that Delwar’s bail could only solve the problems of workers’ dues.
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* Tuba Group workers continue hunger strike:

Workers of Tuba Group continued their hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday on the factory premises at Badda in the city demanding their wages and festival allowance.

On the fourth day of the protest, at least 30 workers of five factories of Tuba Group and a labour leader fell sick pushing the number of such cases to 100 in four days.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, however, said in a press briefing on the day that the payment to the workers of the five garment factories of Tuba Group would be made in seven days.

Acting BGMEA president SAM Mannan urged the workers to have patience and said that the association was trying its best to resolve the problem with the cooperation of the government and the bank.
‘We sympathise with workers who did not get wage and festival allowance before Eid…Their hardship has moved us,’ he said in the press briefing at the BGMEA office in the city.

The BGMEA leaders said that the company had failed to pay the workers as its owner Delwar Hossain was in prison in a case filed over the tragic fire incident at Tazreen Fashions Ltd on November 24, 2012 which had killed 112 workers. Delwar is also the managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd.
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‘We cannot go home without pay as we have to pay house rents and grocers’ dues,’ she said.
Sandhya, along with Mushrefa Mishu, president of the Garment Workers Unity Forum, and more than 50 sick workers lay on the floor taking intravenous saline.

Mushrefa, whose condition turned serious on the day, refused to go to hospital, labour activists said.
Ahmed Mohiuddin, coordinator of the medical team working there, said that eight doctors were giving treatment to the sick workers.

Kulsum Akhter, who worked in Taif Designs Ltd seven years long, said that she was the only bread earner of her family.
She earns Tk 7,500 a month. ‘I have been suffering severe hardship for last three months due to non- payment of my wage…,’ she said.

A production manager of Tuba Group alleged that the factories had received sufficient orders but the authorities were unwilling to pay the employees properly.
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Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, in a press statement called on the government to take steps to pay the wage and allowance of the workers immediately.
Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim and Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman demanded immediate payment of the wage and allowance of the workers.
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* 77 striking RMG workers fall sick:

About 77 readymade garment (RMG) workers of the Tuba Group fell sick until Thursday, the fourth day of their hunger strike.

Nearly 1,600 labourers from five factories of the apparel group in the city have gone on the hunger strike demanding their wage arrears and other benefits.
At least 10 of the sick workers were hospitalised until 5pm on the day, the agitating workers said.
If the situation is allowed to linger on, the health condition of many agitating workers might turn critical, the warned.

Around 66 workers have been receiving treatment including saline intake on their garment factory floor.

Meanwhile, a BGMEA top leader said the wage arrears and allowances of the striking Tuba Group workers would be paid within seven working days.
SM Mannan Kochi, vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA), made the announcement at a press briefing at the BGMEA headquarters in the city Thursday afternoon.

When asked about the BGMEA’s pledge for resolving the situation within seven days, Garment Workers Solidarity Forum leader Moshrefa Mishu said: “We have rejected their (BGMEA) call and decided to continue our programme.”

The workers will hold a press conference today (Friday) on the factory premises to give their reaction in this connection.
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Asked, Moshrefa Mishu said: “The workers have the records as to whether they work or not.”

On the other hand, BGMEA Vice-President at the press conference said that the workers were supposed to get wages and benefits for the months of May, June and July and the festival allowance.

While visiting the Tuba Group at Badda in the city, it was found that most of the striking workers were sitting or lying down on the fifth floor.

In one room workers were found delivering speeches demanding three months’ unpaid wages and festival allowances. A number of trade union leaders and left-leaning political activists were also seen present there volunteers.

The apparel factory owner’s mother-in-law Laili Begum is practically held a hostage in the packaging room on the ninth floor. Workers are standing guard there and also taking care of her there. She is sleeping on the floor in a sari supplied by the workers.

However, there is an allegation that the Tuba Group and the BGMEA have intentionally used the 1,600 workers as the pawns to free Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tuba Group, who is now in jail in the Tazreen Fashions fire case.
The fire incident claimed 117 lives in 2012.

Tazreen Fashions Limited and Tuba Group Managing Director Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter Mita, also chairman of the garment factory, were sent to jail after the couple surrendered to a Dhaka court seeking bail in February last.
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* Tuba Group workers still wait for arrears:

12 hospitalised as hunger strike continues; payment in 7 days, BGMEA assures workers

Tuba Group’s 1600 workers did not get three months’ arrears and festival bonus even yesterday, pushing some to observe hunger strike for four days straight in a bid to drive their demands home.

As many as 60 workers on strike have fallen ill so far and 12 of them had to be hospitalised.
“As most of the workers are malnourished and anaemic, prolonged hunger strikes could permanently damage their kidneys,” said Dr Mojibul Haq Arzu, convener of Progressive Doctors’ Forum, who has been attending to the on-strike workers since Wednesday.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday said they would ensure payments of the protesting workers by the end of this week.
“We are currently negotiating to get a bank loan to pay the workers with. We will pay them by the end of this week,” said SM Mannan Kochi, acting president of the garment makers’ apex platform, at a press conference at the association’s office in the capital.
Kochi also said both the BGMEA and Tuba Group management tried to collect funds from the bank to pay workers, but failed as the group’s owner is currently in jail.
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At the press conference, Tipu Munshi, former BGMEA president, said Tuba Group MD might get bail from the court as his lawyers were trying to this end.

“But, we will not wait for the bail of Delwar Hossain to pay the workers. We will pay the workers by the end of this week as negotiations with the bank are going on for a packing credit,” Munshi said.

A labour leader alleged that the BGMEA used two frontline union leaders to incite the workers to go on the hunger strike.
And the association did so in a bid to force the government to release Delwar.

The BGMEA, however, denied the allegation when journalists drew their attention to this yesterday.
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 20140731

* Tuba Group owner to be released in few days as he got bail before Eid, says minister:

The state minister for labour and employment, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, on Thursday said that Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain had obtained bail from the High Court and hoped that he might be released from jail on Sunday or Monday.

Tuba Group owner Delwar got bail before the Eid.
I hope, the ongoing problems [over the workers’ dues] will be resolved after he is releases from jail on Sunday or Monday,’ the minister told New Age on Thursday night.

Delwar, also the owner of Tazreen Fashions where at least 117 workers died in a deadly fire because of negligence on the part of owners in 2012, was arrested in the Tazreen fire case.

Workers of five units of the Tuba Group were on hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day demanding payment of their arrears, wage and festival allowance since Monday.

Rumours, meanwhile, spread among the hunger striking garment workers on Thursday that the Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain was released on bail but the authorities concerned said he was still in Dhaka Central Jail.

Laili Begum, mother-in-law of Delwar Hossain, who was confined by the agitating workers, told New Age that she heard Delwar had obtained bail on the last working day (Sunday) before the Eid.
‘As it was the last working day, Delwar could not be freed from jail due to some procedural complexities and he would be freed any day,’ she said.
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“We’ll try to partially clear their outstanding salaries and bonuses within a week,” acting president SM Mannan Kochi said on Thursday.

“We agree with your demands,” he said, addressing the ailing factory workers and urged them to be patient. “Please allow us some time.”

A fire in Tuba Group owned Tazreen Fashions in 2012 had killed 112 trapped workers.

Owner Delwar Hossain was behind bars on charges of negligence, seen as the cause of the fire that had left hundreds with burn injuries.

When asked how BGMEA plans to source the money, Kochi said Tk 10.2 million Packing Credit can be had from the bank in exchange of Tuba Group’s LC (Letter of Credit).

The amount will be enough to pay workers’ wages for two months, while the rest would be cleared in phases, he said.

The workers of Tuba’s five factories say the management owes them three months’ wages as well as bonuses.

The BGMEA’s acting chief said problems would be resolved if Tuba’s owner Delwar was released on bail.
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* Tuba salaries within 7 days: BGMEA:

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Garment workers of Tuba Group chant slogans demanding their outstanding salary and bonus at the factory premises in capital’s Badda on Thursday. Photo: Palash Khan

The outstanding salaries and bonuses of Tuba Group, which is witnessing workers’ demonstration since Tuesday, will be paid within seven working days, according to a BGMEA top leader.

SM Mannan Kochi, vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA), made the announcement at a press briefing at BGMEA headquarters in Dhaka this afternoon.
Several hundreds of workers of Tuba Group are continuing their hunger strike for the third consecutive day today, demanding their outstanding salaries and Eid bonus.
At least 30 workers have so far fallen sick as the staff of five factories under Tuba Group started the hunger strike on the sixth floor of the factory housed at Hossain Market in Uttar Badda in the capital since the Eid day.
Most of them are seen sitting or lying down on the floor with IV saline.
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* 21 more fasting workers of Tuba group fall sick, 11 hospitalised:

Hunger strike continues for the fourth consecutive day, BGMEA assures resolving problems in 7 working days

At least 21 more apparel workers who were on a hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day, demanding payment of arrears, wages and festival allowance, fell sick on Thursday.

After four-day’s silence, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association on Thursday said the organisation would resolve the stalemate at Tuba Group in next seven working days.

The owners’ association said this at a news conference held at BGMEA headquarters in the afternoon.
The association’s acting president SM Mannan at the news conference said, ‘Hunger strike is not a solution.’

He urged the workers who are on hunger strike to keep patience for resolving the crisis.
About 1600 workers of five units of Tuba Group, which also owned Tazreen Fashions where at least 117 workers died in a deadly fire in 2012 due to negligence of owners, began fast-unto-dead on Monday, the day before Eid, at a unit of the group at Central Badda.
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* Fate of Tuba Group workers uncertain:

The fate of several thousands workers at Tuba Group, who have been observing fast-unto-death demanding payments of due, has been covered by uncertainty as the workers and the owners seemingly will not reach any negotiation soon.

Agitating workers said they would continue the movement until their due for three months was fully paid whereas the owners said full payment of the due is not possible right now.

Prior to the holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the workers besieged the office of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) at Kawran Bazar in the city.

Following the siege, the garment traders’ highest body sat with State Minister for Labour and Employment Ministry Mujibul Haque Chunnu and decided to pay the workers’ due payment by selling the factory’s floors.

The workers’ fate went under more uncertainty after the owners got no buyer to sell the floor; in addition, no bank agreed to lend money to the factory authorities amid this volatile situation.

Later, BGMEA clearly told no more help is possible by BGMEA though Toba Group is a member of the association.
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* Workers’ leader among 14 fall sick:

In a latest development to Tuba Group workers’ fast-unto-death demanding payments of due at the city’s Middle Badda area, at least 14 protesters including workers’ leader Moshrefa Mishu fell sick on Thursday.

They are being pushed saline on the spot. A medical team, sent by progressive leftist parties, is giving treatment to the ailing people there.
With this figure, the number of sick people rose to 64 as earlier some 50 workers had also were given saline due to sickness.
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* 30 fall sick as workers continue hunger strike:

Several hundreds of workers of Tuba Group are continuing their hunger strike for the third consecutive day today, demanding their outstanding salaries and Eid bonus.

At least 30 workers have so far fallen sick as the staff of five factories under Tuba Group started the hunger strike on the sixth floor of the factory housed at Hossain Market in Uttar Badda in the capital since the Eid day.

Most of them are seen sitting or lying down on the floor with IV saline.

Five of the workers were admitted to local clinics with deteriorating condition, Sumi Akter, a sewing operator of the factory, told The Daily Star.

They neither celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitr nor get their wages as none of the authorities concerned including the owner and BGMEA are paying heed to their damands, Sumi said.

Over 1,600 workers of Tuba Group, which also owns Tazreen Fashions Limited that was burnt down in November 2012 killing 112 workers, protested for their salaries and and Eid bonuses during the months of May, June and July.

Meanwhile, the workers have confined the mother-in-law of company owner Delwar Hossain in the factory since Friday.
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* Day 3 of Occupy Tuba; 5 hospitalised:

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Five garment factory workers were hospitalised and 12 others were receiving treatment after falling sick during the third day of a hunger strike to realize their unpaid wages plus bonuses Wednesday in North Badda.

Around 1200 workers of five factories owned by Tuba Group, occupied the three factory premises of the group at North Badda’s Hossain Market and started a ‘fast unto death’ Monday, the eve of Eid ul Fitr, demanding payment of 3 months’ wages plus festival bonus owed to them.

Workers sources said at least 20 workers fell sick on Wednesday. Among them, five were admitted to Moghbazar Community hospital, while 12 others were under treatment receiving intravenous saline at the site of the unprecedented occupation.

Agitated workers said they will continue their hunger strike until their wages are paid. But till the filing of this report on Wednesday evening, no BGMEA representative or factory-owning authority had contacted them with any news in this regard, they said.
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* 40 RMG workers fall sick in Badda demo:

At least 40 workers of a garment factory who were observing a hunger strike since yesterday in an ongoing demonstration in capital’s Badda area fell sick on Wednesday.

Several hundred readymade garment factory workers of Toba Group started demonstrating in front of their factory there on Eid day yesterday.

Among the sick, five agitating workers were taken to a local community clinic as their physical condition took a critical turn, a participant, Monir, told The Daily Star.
Around 200 workers are observing the hunger strike.

Many of them were observing hunger strike, demanding full payment of their salaries and bonuses, Abdul Jalil, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station told The Daily Star.

Toba group, which owned the Tazreen Fashions Ltd, have five other factories, where workers did not get paid for last few months as the owner Delwar Hossain is in jail.
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* No Festival to Celebrate – Garment Workers Keep Protesting After Eid:

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Tuba Group Workers In Hunger Strike

Eid is a moment of chaos for garment workers in Bangladesh.

For what is a time of celebration and joy for the rest of the country, garment workers are found lamenting their fate and staging hunger strikes in factories which make them work but deny them their dues.

After the chaos of Eid, most workers of the main contracting factories in Dhaka saw their arrears paid except for the 1600 workers of the Tuba Group which consists of Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles and Mita Design.

With its Chairman and Managing Director behind bars due to the infamous Tazreen Fashions Fire (another factory under the same Tuba Group), the factories under this group have effectively denied its workers their rightful payment amounting to 3 months worth of salary, 1 month with of overtime, and Eid bonus, pushing them to a hunger strike during a time for which every one including all the garment workers in Bangladesh wait to celebrate.

Already, to this moment, at least 15 workers have fallen ill due to the hunger strike they are observing since 28 July 2014, Monday. With the Industrial Police on high alert with water cannons, it doesn’t look positive at all for the workers who are there only to demand their right.

The workers in Tuba Group have stitched jerseys for German, Brazil, French and other football fans with a contract worth of 260 Million BDT (2.5+ Million Euros), however, they remain protesting wage denial.
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 20140730

In one room, workers are making speech, demanding three months of unpaid salaries and Eid bonuses.

The owner’s mother-in-law Laili Begum, is practically a hostage in the ninth-floor packaging room. Workers are standing guard over her and feeding her. She is sleeping on the floor wearing a sari supplied by the workers.

A police car stands in front of the 12-storey building, and on the ground floor several policemen are standing on alert.

Over 300 workers of the garment factory have been holding a hunger strike inside Hossain Market, the building owned by Tuba Group, since the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Neither the owners, police nor BGMEA, the apex body of garment manufacturers, has been able to provide a solution to end their plight.

Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association’s Labour Standing Committee Chairman Ahad Ali Ansari said, “We’re really sorry. They could not celebrate Eid and they’re on a hunger strike.”
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* 1200 RMG workers on hunger strike for payment:

The workers of Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles and Mita Design have been observing the programme in the capital’s Badda area onTuesday morning

Around 1200 workers of four garment factories of Tuba Group have been observing hunger strike programme, demanding their unpaid salaries and allowance.

The workers of Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles and Mita Design have been observing the programme in the capital’s Badda area onTuesday morning, the eid day.

The demonstrating workers said they would continue the hunger strike until the dues are paid.
A team of police members were deployed in the scene, the workers said.

Earlier, the workers confined four people, including the mother-in-law of the owner. Later, they released factory guard Abdul Quddus, owner’s cousin Sohel and his maternal uncle.
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* RMG workers’ demo demanding salaries in Badda:

At least one hundred readymade garment factory workers of Toba Group were demonstrating in front of their factories in capital’s Badda area on the Eid day today. (Tuesday)

Many of them were observing hunger strike, demanding full payment of their salaries and bonuses, Abdul Jalil, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station told The Daily Star.
Toba group, which owned the Tazreen Fashions Ltd, have five other factories, where workers did not get paid for last few months as the owner Delwar Hossain is in jail.

Delwar’s mother-in-law, Laily Begum, went to the factory in Badda few days back to give the workers a-month’s salary and bonuses.
But the agitated workers kept her locked inside the factory for last three days, the police official added.
Additional law enforcers were deployed to avert any untoward incidents the OC said.
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* For unpaid Tuba workers, Eid on the factory floor :

As the vast majority of Bangladeshis celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on Tuesday, 1600 workers of 5 garment factories owned by Tuba Group, continued their occupation of three of the factories located at Hossain Market in North Badda for a second day, protesting non-payment of 3 months’ wages plus their Eid bonus.

Some of the workers, eager to salvage some of the day’s spirit and promise for all Muslims, tried in the morning to arrange an Eid prayer on the street adjoining the building, but were prevented from doing so by law-enforcement officers.

Tuba Group workers have been agitating since June over unpaid wages stretching back to May, and last Friday confined two relatives of group chairman and managing director Delwar Hossain within the factory premises demanding immediate payment of their due wages and festival bonus.

Delwar Hossain is currently in jail facing charges of gross criminal negligence over the infamous Tazreen Garments factory fire in November 2012, that killed at least 111 workers. A number of sources claim the non-payment of wages is a tactic by the management to secure bail for Delwar, as the management has said they would be in a position to pay the workers if he was freed.

Delwar’s latest bail petition was rejected by the High Court on Monday. In his absence, Laili Begum, his mother in law, and Mohammad Rubel, his brother in law who also serves as the group accountant, have been leading negotiations with the workers.

The workers said after the management failed to meet their obligations set out in an agreement brokered by BGMEA last June 24 on three separate occasions, they were forced to take the step of confining Laili Begum and Rubel on Friday. On Saturday however, Rubel was released on the premise that he would try and arrange the funds to pay them. But he has since proved untraceable.

In comments to sections of the press over phone, Laili Begum has tied the management’s inability to secure a bank loan towards payment of the arrears to Delwar’s incarceration. But workers on Tuesday refused to be drawn on this.

“We are aware of what happened at Tazreen, but just as our work has nothing to do with what happened there, we don’t want our wages to be dragged into any court case over that either,” said Hyder Ali, who works as a security guard for the group at Hossain Market, to the approval of scores of workers surrounding him on the factory floor as he spoke to UNB.

“We just want to be paid our hard-earned money, we don’t care how they pay us. As it is when we were negotiating on Saturday we knew even if they paid us at that late stage, we wouldn’t be able to go home for the holidays,” said Shakil, another worker. “When even then they didn’t pay us, we took the step of spending Eid in the factory itself.”
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 20140729

* RMG workers confine 4 for dues:

The confined persons are factory guard Abdul Quddos, owner’s cousin Sohel, mother-in-law and maternal uncle

The workers belong to four factories – Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles and Mita Design of Tuba Group – have confined four persons including in the capital’s Badda on Monday morning.

The confined persons are factory guard Abdul Quddos, owner’s cousin Sohel, mother-in-law and maternal uncle.

Tuba Group did not pay its 1,500 employees the arrears of three months and festival allowances on Sunday, the last working day before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Although the owners had promised to clear the dues by Sunday, the workers did not receive any money despite waiting in front of the Hossain Market in capital’s Badda area for around five hours.
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20140724 * Tuba Group workers unpaid for 3 months:

Govt says owners to sell building to pay dues

Tuba Group may not be able to pay its 3000 workers their wages and bonus before Eid. With the company’s managing director in jail, three months’ wages and benefits remain due. The chairman and other officers of the company are taking no initiative to pay these dues.

The government has instructed that even if they have to sell two floors of their building, Tuba Group must pay the workers’ dues. If not, stern action will be taken against the responsible officials under the labour laws.

The labour leaders say that the company can afford to pay the wages and benefits. They say the management is intentionally not paying the wages as a strategy to get managing director Delwar Hossain released.

Sources in the labour ministry say that on Monday there had been a chance of Delwar Hossain getting temporary bail, but that did not come through. After that the workers broke out in protest.
On Wednesday, 1200 workers of Tuba laid siege to the BGMEA building at Kawran Bazar from morning till evening.
The protesters work for five factories — Tuba Fashions, Tuba Textiles, Bughsan Garments, Taif Design and Mita Design. In order to bring the situation under control, BGMEA leaders promised to pay them two months’ wages on Saturday.
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* Workers started their fast unto death demanding their 3 months salary:

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“Toba Group (Tazreen) workers started their fast unto death demanding their three months salary (may to july) and festival bonus.

The factory management unreasonably made owners bail conditional to workers pay. please help us spread the news and mobilize media.”
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 20140728

* Govt no less responsible for plight of RMG workers:

A little more than two-thirds of apparel factories paying workers their wages for July and the festival allowance for Eid-ul-Fitr by Saturday is a good enough reason for a sigh of relief but the pang remains that about a third of the factories, as New Age reported on Sunday, did not pay workers the wage and the festival allowance by the deadline of Saturday that they had set at a meeting with the state minister for labour and employment on July 15 for the payment.

Apparel workers’ leaders said that the number of factories not paying their workers by the deadline accounted for 30 per cent while the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association said that most of the factories, barring a few, had made the payment.

The statement that a BGMEA vice-president made may not hold true as authorities, public or private, in most cases remain in a denial mode especially to head off untoward happening.
Apparel factory owners’ flustering about the issue of worker payment, by the deadline in question and also at other times, prompted workers to hold protests, which in some case turned violent, disrupting law and order and causing inconvenience to people.

The workers, who expected to get paid by Saturday but did not get the money, had hardly any option but to go on demonstrations, with only one working day, Sunday, in hand or at best two days in all before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Most of the 40 lakh apparel workers, with females accounting for about 80 per cent, would also need a day or two to travel to outlying areas to spend Eid with their families and friends.

They need the money for the travel and for clothes and food for their families. Such protests for payment, which the workers have been holding for a couple of weeks, are not typical only of this Eid. This has been happening for a couple of decades as the apparel workers are not paid in time.
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* 200 RMG factories fail to clear wages, allowance in time:

About 200 apparel factories have failed to clear wages, festival allowances and other financial benefits although the government and manufacturers assured of clearing all kinds payments to the workers by Sunday.

Workers’ representatives in the apparel industry sought government’s immediate intervention in this connection expressing fear that the unpaid workers could go for violent protests.

They said payments were cleared in three categories as many factories cleared wages for running month, festival bonuses and overtime bills, a number of units cleared only wages and some others paid only festival allowances.

When contacted, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Industrial Police Abdus Salam said around 200 apparel units are yet to clear payments of the workers as 3069 units out of 3265 apparel factories in the country have cleared such payments by 6:00pm on the day.

“We are mounting pressure on the errant manufacturers regarding payments of the workers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr,” he added.
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* RMG workers of 2 Savar units still not paid:

Workers of a garment factory in Ashulia of Savar demonstrated yesterday demanding arrears and Eid-ul-Fitr bonus as the factory authorities are yet to pay them even though the festival is just one to two days away.

Workers of Fantasy Sweater Ltd went to the factory yesterday to find it shut. They then demonstrated at the factory gate demanding salaries for the months of June and July and Eid bonus.
The factory authorities could not be reached despite several attempts by The Daily Star.
Meanwhile, several hundred workers of Shamim Group Garment Factory in Fulbaria of Savar demonstrated for Eid bonus.
The agitating workers also brought out a short procession on the road in front of the factory, said witnesses.
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* No salary, Eid bonus for 1,500 RMG workers:

The workers belong to four factories – Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles and Mita Design of Tuba Group – all located in Badda

Families of at least 1,500 ready-made garment workers are likely to be deprived of Eid celebrations this year as the employer Tuba Group did not pay them the arrears of three months and festival allowances yesterday, the last working day before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Although the owners had promised to clear the dues by yesterday, the workers did not receive any money despite waiting in front of the Hossain Market in capital’s Badda area for around five hours.

The workers belong to four factories – Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles and Mita Design of Tuba Group – all located in Badda.

Sitting in front of the market around 9pm,  Obaidul, a cutting supervisor of Tuba Fashions, said: “We came here during evening. The management asked us to wait and said they would get back with the money. But they have not returned yet and also kept their cell phones switched off.”
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* Some RMG workers yet to get dues:

Owners of around 20 garment factories have failed to pay wages and bonuses of their workers before Eid Ul Fitr, till Saturday evening, although they had committed to pay it by July 26, said labour leaders.

The leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association leaders on July 15, at a meeting with the state minister for labour and employment M Mujibul Haque, committed to pay the workers wage of the month July and bonus within July 26.

The BGMEA leaders on Sunday convened a press conference at its office to brief
the media about the latest situation in the payment of workers, but they cancelled the conference at the last moment.
National Garment Workers Federation president Amirul Haque Amin said some factory owners were yet to pay the wages and festival allowances of the workers.
Some of the owners have now made a new commitment to pay on Monday, Amirul added.
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* RMG workers’ bonus in intricacy of law:

Workers of fifty percent garments factories did not get full bonus owing to the jugglery in law as there is no mentioning in the labor law about what percentage of salary will be given as bonus.

When demands were made from the workers for full bonus the owners use the intricacy of law rather a fixed amount was declared as bonus. The amount declared by the owners is some where one third of the basic salary, as informed by the labor organizations. Finding no other alternative the workers accepted it.

Bangladesh Textile Garments Workers Federation president Advocate Mahbubur Rahman Ismail told banglanews that in the labor law there is no direct provision about percentage still the owners so long used to pay equal amount of the basic pay as bonus. But the owners this year have broken that practice.

In a large number of factories including Future Knitwear, Regal Attires, NS New wear and Union New wear bonus was paid much less than basic salary.

Advocate Zafrul Hassan Sharif told banglanews about the jugglery in law where there is mentioned about bonus but nothing mentioned about the percentage or what portion of basic salary. Taking this scope the owners have paid bonus as per their will.
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* Law silent about festival allowance:

RMG workers paid at varied rates, deprived

Garment workers are deprived of their desired festival allowances ahead of every Eid for what experts and labour leaders described as loopholes in the law.

Usually workers of other sectors get one month’s basic pay as festival allowances.

But many apparel-factory owners were not following the practice, labour leaders alleged with barely two days to go before celebrating one of the two largest Muslim religious festivals.

Before Eid, every year, labour unrest breaks out over non-payment of wages and the payment of festival allowances at varied rates, they have pointed out.

There is no clear directive about festival allowances for garment workers in the existing labour law. And many of the factory owners take this advantage and hand out the festival allowances less than the basic amount. In some cases, they provide festival allowance at the rate of only Tk 500 per head, the labour leaders have alleged.

They have demanded a fixed amount-the basic pay of one month-as the festival allowance for all workers by incorporating a provision on it in the labour law.

“Irregularities over payment of festival allowances are happening in the garment units, mainly because nothing is made clear in the labour law regarding this,” Sirajul Islam Rony, president of Bangladesh National Garment Workers-Employees League, told the Financial Express.
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Roy Ramesh Chandra, secretary-general of IndustriAll Bangladesh Council, said the law should be equal for all. The provision with a clear directive about festival allowance must be incorporated in the law.

“Workers are getting festival allowances conventionally and it should be equal to the basic payment,” he added.

Workers were being deprived of proper festival allowances in the absence of a clear directive in the law, said Trade Union Centre secretary Wazedul Islam Khan. “Some owners are also taking its advantage, which is an unhealthy practice.”

The Industrial Police in a recent report to the government authorities concerned conveyed their apprehension about labour unrest in about 500 garment factories, mainly over payment of wages and festival allowances.

There have already been some outbreaks of unrest in factory areas.
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* Many RMG workers get poor amount instead of legitimate festival allowance:

Workers of many apparel factories are being deprived of legitimate festival allowance as there is no specific provision in the Bangladesh Labour Act.

As per the convention workers are entitled to festival allowance equivalent to monthly basic pay, but the apparel workers are getting a poor amount as festival allowance because of loopholes in the law causing labour unrest in the sector ahead of Eid almost every year, labour leaders said.

‘Taking the advantage of the loopholes in the law, some apparel factory owners are depriving their workers of legitimate festival allowance,’ Bangladesh Trade Union Centre secretary Wajedul Islam Khan told New Age on Friday.
There is no specific provision for festival allowance for apparel workers in the Labour Act, but it has become a convention that owners will pay the basic pay of a month as festival allowance, he said. ‘If any owner deprives the workers of the legitimate festival allowance and pay a poor amount citing the law, it will be an “evil practice” and the sector will continue to face labour unrests,’ Wajedul said.

On July 15, after a meeting with the apparel factory owners and labour leaders, the state minister for labour, Mujibul Haque, told reporters that the owners would decide how much they would pay as festival allowance for Eid according to their abilities since the law was silent on the matter. At the meeting, the factory owners agreed to pay the workers partial wages for July and festival allowance by July 26 ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. ‘Festival allowance for the apparel workers is not a of labour law but it is a convention and owners must pay the allowances before Eid,’ said National Garment Workers Federation president Amirul Haque Amin.
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NEWAGEnew

* Wait for salaries, bonus gets longer:

 Garment makers delay payment to several thousand workers

With Eid only a day or two away, thousands of garment workers did not receive their salaries and bonuses even yesterday, the deadline earlier set by the garment owners.

The owners have sought one more day, which is today, to pay the workers before the Eid festival.
This means the workers are going to have an Eid they never expected, if they are not paid by today, the last banking day before the Eid holidays begin. And even if they do get paid today, many of them may not be able to spend the biggest religious festival with their near and dear ones back home away from the capital.

The garment makers at a meeting with State Minister for Labour and Employment Ministry Mujibul Haque Chunnu and workers’ leaders on July 15 had said the salaries and bonuses would be paid by July 26, which was yesterday.
Sirajul Islam Rony, member of the minimum wage board for the garment workers, said, nearly 500 garment factories did not pay the workers till yesterday.

“I personally talked to many owners and they took one more day, meaning they will pay the workers on July 27 [today],” Rony told The Daily Star over the phone.
Nazma Akter, president of Sammilito Garment Sramik Federation, said still there are at least 20 factories, including Tuba Group, which are in such a weak state that “these factories may not pay the salaries for the current month, although they may pay the bonuses”.
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* Workers of 6 Savar units demonstrate for payment:

 Eid Bonus, Arrears at RMG Factories

Workers of six garment factories of Savar demonstrated yesterday for arrears and Eid-ul-Fitr bonus as the factory authorities are yet to pay them even though the festival is just two to three days away.

Workers of SMN Sweater (Pvt) Ltd in Mozidpur demonstrated on the factory premises for the fourth consecutive day demanding salaries of May, June and July and Eid bonus.
Later, they marched to the Rana Plaza site and formed a human chain there. The workers claimed Mamunur Rashid, managing director of the factory, told them that they would be paid on July 10, but he has been missing since then.
The factory authorities could not be reached despite several attempts by The Daily Star.
Workers of Five Star Sweater Ltd in Ashulia demonstrated at the factory gate demanding July’s salary and Eid bonus.
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* Many factories fail to clear wage, bonus:

Authorities of several readymade garment factories did not pay wages and festival allowances to their workers even on Saturday, in breach of their commitment, creating uncertainty about whether these garment workers will get their outstanding wages before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Garment workers, meanwhile, continued their agitation at different factories, demanding the wages and festival allowances, with only one day left before the Eid holidays.
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures’ and Exporters’ Association at a meeting with the state minister for labour and employment M Mujibul Haque on July 15 committed that the factory authorities would pay workers’ wages for the month July and festival allowances, within July 26.

But workers’ leaders on Saturday alleged that owners of at least 30 per cent garment factories in the country did not pay the wages in line with their commitment, till the filling of this report Saturday evening.
BGMEA vice president Shahidullah Azim, however, claimed that most of the factory owners paid wages and bonuses on Saturday barring a very few.
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NEWAGEnew

* Rendered Jobless-Left Penniless – Garment Workers Cry Out Before Coming Festivities:

While victims of Tazreen Fashion yearn for a complete compensation package from the brands and government, and victims of Rana Plaza look forward towards the fulfillment of an unfulfilled promise to get a compensation with which they may hope to survive on, more workers have been pushed to streets and a higher number scratching for the very last pennies from those who they helped earn millions.

Brands, factories and governments have always been true to their history when it comes to the treatment of workers, and have unfortunately been consistent with their reputation against women workers who constitute the biggest portion of the 4.0 million worker strong garment industry in Bangladesh.
While economies and wealth have multiplied with export volumes reaching over $24billion (2013-14) with over 16 percent rise in shipments in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13, usual issues such as festival bonuses still plague the lives of workers protesting against factories who refuse to pay the due bonuses or even the rightful wages for the upcoming festival of Eid (the biggest festival celebrated in Bangladesh).

Strong Performance By the Industry
Recent protests, however are not limited to bonuses, wages and layoffs, but rather have increasingly comes across due to factory closures by either the Alliance or the Accord (or both) where the closing time remains indefinite (or not communicated well enough with the workers) and compensation for their loss of employment/income being either inadequate or none-existent.
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Catalysts of Chaos
Unfinished Story of the Tazreen Fashion Tragedy:
After almost 2 years of suffering, the Tazreen Fire victims can still be found on the streets of Dhaka, begging the government to come to their aide with the promised “Prime Minister’s Relief Fund” which had been offered to them repeatedly.
(..)

Rajia, Tazreen Fashions Limited
Ms. Rajia, a 26 year old injured ex-Sewing operator from Tazreen Fashions Limited worked on the 3rd floor.
On the day the factory was on fire she suffered from severe burns and injuries due to jumping off the building.
She received BDT 1,00,000 each from the BGMEA immediately after the incident and a constant supply of medical treatment from C&A and Li-Fung via Caritas Bangladesh and their basic wage monthly wage according to the upper work grade scale from C&A and Li & Fung via Caritas until April this year.
Around 40 injured workers from Tazreen Fashions received a 3 month long vocational training in Zirabo from C&A and Li & Fung via Caritas Bangladesh that ended in April 2014.

Morsheda, Tazreen Fashions Limited
“Only around 13 victims of us from Tazreen Fashions Limited received BDT 50,000 from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.”
Morsheda says she also received BDT 1,00,000 from the BGMEA. C&A and Li-Fung via Caritas Bangladesh paid her monthly wage according to the upper grade scale until April 2014 when they abruptly stopped doing so.
Also in the case of the medical bills reimbursement, Caritas refused to pay for the lump sum BDT 20,000 which Morsheda spent in Rangpur Medical College and Hospital for her back bone injury in July 2014.

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Rupali, Tazreen Fashions Limited
Another injured victim, 22 year old ex-Sewing Operator Ms Rupali worked on the 4th floor in Tazreen Fashions Limited.
She attended the 3 month vocational training rendered by Caritas in Kamalapur, Savar, on Animal husbandry and poultry farming. She reports that she has learnt well. She received BDT 1,00,000 from the BGMEA but only BDT 50,000 from the Prime Minister immediately after the fire.
(…)

Awaiting Justice and Compensation for the Rana Plaza Tragedy:
The biggest ever tragedy to hit Bangladesh was the Rana Plaza Tragedy, and it happened in quick succession to the Tazreen Tragedy.
In a similar way to its predecessor, Rana Plaza workers have still been denied of their rightful compensation.
The Rana Plaza arrangement is less than half way into their goal of collecting 40 million dollars for the victims, with Primark leading the compensation attempt by taking care of its workers from the New Wave Bottoms factory.

The protesters declared today, 26 July 2014, that they would observe the upcoming Eid-u-Fitr at the Rana Plaza site and march towards the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital like the previous year, if they were not compensated before the festival.
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* Pay wages, bonus by Saturday: labour leaders:

Garment labour leaders on Friday at a rally in the city called on garment factory owners to pay wages and festival allowances by Saturday, in accordance with their commitment to the government.

National Alliance for Protection of Garments Workers and Industries, a combine of the garment labour rights bodies, held a rally in front of the National Press Club to press their demand.
Labour leader Abul Hossain said the owners of garment factories had committed to the government they would pay wages and bonuses to workers by July 26.
He called on garment owners to clear the payments avoid labour unrest in the industry.
Some garment factories in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Tongi, Gazipur, Savar and Ashulia are yet to pay the wages and bonuses of workers, and as a result, workers have begun demonstrating for their payments.
Chaired by Abul Hossain, the rally was addressed, among others, by its leaders Lovely Yesmin, Shahidullah Badal, Zahanara Begum, Tapan Saha and Shahida Sarker.
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NEWAGEnew

* Arrears: RMG workers threaten to gherao owners’ houses on Eid day:

Garment workers here on Friday threatened to lay siege to the houses of factory owners on Eid day if they are not paid their salaries and bonuses before the festival.

President of central committee of Bangladesh Textile Garments Workers Federation Advocate Mahmudur Rahman Ismail issued the threat while addressing a protest rally in the court (old) area of the city in the morning.

Narayanganj chapter of the federation arranged the rally demanding payment of dues to the workers of Future Knitwear and Regal Garments Ltd located in the city.

Workers’ leaders Mahmud Hasan, Sabur Hossain and Ahmed Ali, among others, addressed the rally.
After the rally, the workers brought out a procession which paraded different streets in the city.
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* Unrest feared if RMG workers not paid:

$150m needed in 18 months for factory safety: Alliance

Intelligence activities and vigilance in and around the apparel manufacturing hubs have been beefed up in apprehension of violence over non-payment of wages and festival allowances ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, officials have said.

Workers’ representatives in the readymade garment (RMG) sector said fresh unrest might break out in the garment sector before the Eid, if owners fail to clear workers’ wages, festival allowance and other benefits by Saturday (today).

They say workers in several factories already staged demonstration over such demands and it could lead to violence unless necessary measures are taken immediately.

The labour leaders’ apprehension came Thursday, a day after two factories witnessed protests in the capital over the same issue.

About 300 workers of Shishir Knitting and Dyeing Factory, a unit of Shishir Group, which employs around 1,000 workers, demonstrated in front of the Planners’ Tower demanding their dues.

At the same time, nearly 1500 workers of Tuba Group also demonstrated in front of the BGMEA headquarters demanding their three months’ wage arrears, along with festival allowance.

Tuba Group is the parent company of Tazreen Fashions where a fire broke out on November 24, 2012 killing at least 112 workers.

Seeking anonymity, an intelligence official said they had information about possible violence in garment factories and shared with those to the headquarters of Industrial Police, Police Headquarters, the Ministry of Home Affairs and BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) for taking necessary measures.
(….)

London-based The Guardian adds: Work to bring Bangladesh factories used by north American retailers, including Walmart and Gap, up to fire and building safety standards will cost more than US$150 million (£87.9 million) and take at least 18 months to complete.

In its first annual report, the US Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety, formed in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka killing more than 1,100 people in April last year, said it had completed fire and building safety inspection of all the 587 factories its members were using now.

Ten factories had been closed or partially closed, as a result of structural faults revealed in inspections.
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TUBA

 20140725

* RMG workers besiege BGMEA building for salary, bonus:

20140725 NEWAGE
Jocky Garments workers hold demonstration inside Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association office in Dhaka on Thursday night as they were yet to get arrear wages and festival allowance. — Indrajit Ghosh

Several hundred apparel workers on Thursday evening surrounded the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) building in the capital’s Kawran Bazar area demanding their salaries and festival allowances.

Workers of Jockey Garment besieged the BGMEA building and some of its officials since morning as promise to pay their salaries and festival allowances were not kept.
Gias Uddin, a supervisor of Jockey Garment, under the ownership of Opsonin Group, at Mirpur 13, said that the owners of the RMG factory closed it on May 30 saying they would reconstruct the building within 15 days. However, the factory was then permanently shut down.
They workers then demanded two months’ salaries and festival bonuses.
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NEWAGEnew

* Another RMG unit closed partially:

The government-set review committee has asked the authorities of Dew Fashions Ltd which is located in Gazipur to evacuate top four floors of its six-storey building immediately due to structural faults.

Following a recommendation made by Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the review committee on Tuesday visited the factory and found the faults in the building.
Accord, a platform of European brands and retailers, detected serious structural faults at the building of Dew Fashions and sent its findings to the review committee with the recommendation that the building should be evacuated.

The review committee is comprised of representatives from the government, Accord, Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, BUET, BGMEA and BKMEA.
‘We have asked the factory authorities to evacuate top four floors of the building as experts found that the columns of the building are weak,’ Syed Ahmed, inspector general of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment, told New Age on Thursday.
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NEWAGEnew

TUBA

 20140724

* Irregularities rampant in non-member RMG units:

The extent of various irregularities, including non-payment of wage and non-compliance of the government-announced wage structure and other rightful benefits, is much higher in the apparel factories, especially those are not members of BGMEA and BKMEA, sources and officials said.

They said majority of these units belong to small and medium categories and engaged in sub-contracting for big factories.

According to the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), about 800 factories are not members of any of the two apparel apex bodies, while industry insiders claimed that the number is much higher.

On the other hand, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) are reluctant to take responsibility of these units. Besides, there is no visible action by the government to bring them under a framework or regulation, they also said.

However, experts and labour leaders called upon both the apparel trade bodies and the government to take immediate measures to make the units compliant. Most of the units do sub-contracting, and the government should also strictly monitor the issue, they added.
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* BGMEA Bhaban seized for salary, bonus:

Some 5,000 workers of Tuba Garments on Wednesday besieged the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) Bhaban in the city demanding salary and bonus.

The angry workers besieged the building around 11:00am.
BGMEA vice-president Riaz-bin-Mahmud was talking to journalists.

The workers were not paid as the owner of Tuba Group was sent to jail over the Tazreen Fashion fire case, he added.

The business leader said, “We could not enter the office in the morning due to gherao, Riaz added.
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* Knitting workers demonstrate for arrears in capital:

20140723 DAILYSTAR rmg-workers

Workers of a knitting and dyeing factory staged demonstration in the capital’s Bangla Motor area today demanding wages and festival bonuses ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

The workers alleged that the owners on July 14 shut down Shishir Knitting and Dyeing Factory, a concern of Shishir Group, located at Pagar in Tongi of Gazipur without any prior notice.
Today, they were bound to come to the factory’s head office at Planners Tower in Bangla Motor area from Tongi to materialise their demands.
“We get one month’s wage and Eid bonus. But we saw owners and top management closed down the factory without telling us anything,” said Md Mizan, a worker.

He said around 1,000 workers are employed in the factory and none of them received Eid bonus so far.
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* RMG workers-cops clash in city:

The workers of Rahmatuallah Garments in Badda area of the city staged demonstration as they were not paid full salary and bonus.

During the demonstration, workers locked into a chase-counter chase with law enforcers in the area. Police opened blank fires to bring the situation under control.
Officer-in-Charge of Badda Thana MA Jalil told banglanews that the situation is under control now.
He added: “We also have kept our forces on alert to thwart further untoward situation.”
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banglanews24NEW

* RMG workers of 3 more Savar units want payment:

Hundreds of workers of three garment factories in Savar demonstrated yesterday demanding arrears and Eid-ul-Fitr bonus.

Workers of SMN Sweater (Pvt) Ltd demonstrated on the factory premises around 9:00am. The demonstrators then gathered at the Rana Plaza site and formed a human chain there to press home their demands.
The workers claimed that they have not been paid salaries of May, June and July.
They said the factory manager told them that they would be paid on July 10, but he has been missing since then.
The factory authorities could not be contacted despite repeated attempts by The Daily Star.
Meanwhile, Adorn Garment (Pvt) Ltd workers continued their demonstrations for the third consecutive day on the factory premises demanding arrears and bonus.
The workers claimed they have not been paid salary of June.
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daily star bd

* RMG workers take to the streets again for dues:

Agitated workers clashed with police and blockaded roads in the area causing traffic congestion

At least 15 workers of a factory in the capital’s Bhatara area sustained injuries as police fired rubber bullets and hurled tear gas cannister at them during a demonstration demanding immediate payment of wages and bonuses.

Agitated workers clashed with police and blockaded roads in the area causing traffic congestion.
The Satarkul area under Bhatara police station turned into a battlefield when several hundred workers of Fuwang Garments Factory locked into a clash with law enforcers yesterday afternoon.

The workers had been demonstrating on the road by leaving their workplaces since morning demanding their dues.
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Meanwhile, workers of five factories of the Tuba Group that also owned the fateful Tazreen Garments in Savar, laid siege to the BGMEA building in the capital yesterday, in the same demand.

Witnesses said several hundred workers of Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles, Pipe Design and Mita Design gathered in front of the BGMEA building around 11:30am and kept everyone inside confined by locking the main gate.

Johora Khatun, a worker of Tuba Textiles, said they had not been paid their dues for May, June and July.

“We have been agitating for more than a month… but the authorities told us that unless the factory owner was freed, we would not be paid,” she said.
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DHAKATRIBUNE

* Labour unrest feared over non-payment of wages:

20140724 NEWAGE
Workers of Tuba Group on Wednesday go out on demonstration inside Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association building against the authorities’ failure to pay wage and allowances despite issuing several deadlines. —Snigdha Zaman

BGB kept standby to maintain order

An Inter-Ministry meeting on Wednesday identified non-payment of wages in readymade garment sector and rundown highways in many places as major concerns for maintenance of law and order ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Law enforcement agencies apprehended that non-payment of wages and festival allowance in the RMG units in Dhaka, particularly at Ashulia, Savar and Naraynaganj, might cause labour unrest.
But the owners alleged that some quarters were out to create anarchy in the labour-intensive industry, said officials who attended the meeting.

Presiding over the meeting on law and order at the secretariat, state minister for home Asaduzzaman Khan directed the law enforcement agencies to strengthen vigilance in the industrial belts in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna to prevent labour unrest or any untoward incidents there.
‘We have asked the apparel factory owners to clear wages and festival allowances of workers before Eid,’ Asaduzzaman told reporters after the meeting.
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20140815
* Tuba Group units Labour leaders for resumption of operation

20140814
* Tuba workers make fresh 5-pt demand
* Worker leader threatens to resume protests

20140813
* Garment Sramik Oikya wants reopening of Tuba Group factories

20140812
* Hundreds of Tuba workers looking for new jobs
* ‘Intl community watching Tuba garment factory situation’

20140811
* RMG would benefit from wage tribunals
* Tofail for BGMEA fund to handle Tuba-like crisis
* Doubt over resuming production at Tuba Group factories
* AG office now seeks copy of order on Delwar’s bail
* Tuba workers get July dues
* BGMEA asked to form emergency fund

20140810
* Tofail for emergency RMG fund
* Tuba Group distributing July wage among workers
* Tuba Group workers to get July salary today
* Bleak future awaits Tuba workers
* Tuba workers to get July dues today
* Delwar sells land, Tuba workers to get July wages
* RMG strike garners lukewarm response
* Tuba’s July pay today; due bonus undecided
* Strike call draws lukewarm response
* BNP trying to instigate RMG violence, says Nasim
* Slow Tuba move upsets Suranjit
* Tuba garment: A lesson needs to be learned

20140809
* Operation ‘smooth’ at RMG units amid strike call
* Benazir: Police did not act cruel on Tuba workers
* No disruption in RMG production despite strike
* Tuba owner to pay workers for July on Sunday
* Strike ‘ineffective’ at Dhaka, Chittagong factories
* Apparel strike receives lukewarm response
* Dawn-to-dusk strike at garment factories today
* Suranjit upset over Tuba settlement delay
* RMG workers to observe strike today
* Workers strike at RMG factories across Bangladesh Saturday
* Partial victory for Tuba workers
* Vigilance beefed up as strike today at RMG hubs
* RMG labour unrest
* Police foil demo for Tuba workers

20140808
* Cops foil Tuba demo in Ashulia, Savar
* Tight security in front of Badda RMG units
* Police storm Tuba factory, drive protesters out
* Tuba workers may not get Eid bonus
* End Tuba Group workers’ woes
* Crackdown on Tuba workers
* Police drive out Tuba workers
* Police attack on Tuba workers condemned
* Workers queue for dues as police foil agitation
* Pay by Sunday or face legal action
* Bangladesh police fire tear gas at garment workers on hunger strike: union official

20140807
* Mishu freed
* RMG workers backtrack from strike, call demo
* Chunnu: Tuba workers’ July due payment Sunday
* BNP condemns attack on Tuba workers
* Nearly 1000 Tuba workers received payment
* Nationwide strike in apparel units for Saturday
* CCC News flash: violent crackdown of Tuba protest Bangladesh
* RMG workers announce countrywide indefinite strike
* Bangladesh police forcibly end garment workers’ strike
* Police detain Mishu, Doly as workers vandalise vehicles
* Police evict protesting Tuba workers
* Police detain garment workers’ leader Mushrefa Mishu
* Police detain Mishu, Doly as workers vandalise vehicles
* Tuba apparel worker crisis over pay lingers onmm
* Cops fire rubber bullets, tear gas on Tuba Group workers
* Resolve Tuba crisis peacefully: DLA
* Water supply to Tuba factory ‘halted’
* Police bar workers to enter factory
* Huge Tuba workers turnout at BGMEA
* Tuba workers taking wages for day-2
* Tuba apparel worker died in Padma ferry disaster
* Tuba Group workers kept confined
* Workers confined, forced to take partial payments
* Many Tuba workers accept BGMEA’s offer
* Tuba workers threaten strike for Saturday
* Tuba workers threaten nationwide RMG strike on Saturday
* BGMEA gives workers more time to take salary
* A Troubled Day for Tuba Workers

20140806
* RMG workers to observe strike Saturday if Tuba workers’ dues not paid
* Unpaid garment workers on hunger strike
* Tuba workers set ultimatum, call strike
* Tuba workers get also due Thursday
* Tuba group: Only 24% workers accept part payment
* Nationwide labor strike Thursday
* Police attacks Tuba demonstrators, oust all but workers from factory bldg
* Tuba workers again confined; 55 receive dues at BGMEA Bhaban
* Police occupy Tuba factory as workers leave it for BGMEA Bhaban
* Tuba Group workers confined, 10 injured in AL, police attacks
* Tuba workers receiving dues at BGMEA Bhaban
* Tuba workers taking wages from BGMEA
* Police lock up building gate, claim Tuba workers- Tuba building gate unlocked
* ‘Tuba Group workers confined’- Cops enter Tuba factory
* Workers’ leaders trying to convince Tuba workers
* The Hunger Strike Intensifies – Tuba Workers To Fight Till They Get Their Right
* Pay all dues today or face strike: Tuba group workers
* Delwar freed amid outcry
* Delwar released on bail
* Tuba workers lay siege to BGMEA headquarters

20140805
* Bangladesh garment workers demanding wages clash with police
* BGMEA blames Left leaders for ‘doing politics’ over Tuba
* Tuba owner Delwar released on bail
* Tuba workers warn of hartal if salaries not paid by tomorrow
* In support of the women on hunger strike
* Urgent Appeal : Calling for international solidarity to support the Bangladesh garment workers on hunger strike!
* Tuba workers encircle BGMEA
* Tuba Group workers demonstrates demanding arrear wages, Eid bonus
* BGMEA to pay 2 months’ salaries to Tuba workers Wednesday
* Solidarity Rally to support the Bangladesh workers on hunger strikes
* Appeal for Solidarity from Textile Workers in Bangladesh
* Cops charge batons on Tuba workers
* Eminent citizens: Prosecute Delowar for holding 1,600 workers hostage
* Tuba workers continue hunger strike
* RMG trade unions, left political activists stage demo for Tuba workers
* Hunger strike continues for 8th day
* People rise for Tuba workers
* Tuba workers stage demo before BGMEA office today
* Did BGMEA play its due role?
* Tuba workers to go for tougher movement
* Cops foil left bodies’ bid to lay siege to ministry
* Force Tuba Group to clear workers’ dues: Left parties
* Tuba workers continue fasting
* BNP to wage movement if Tuba workers not paid dues
* Buck-passing over paying workers should stop

20140804
* RMG workers take to the street for overtime remuneration
* BGMEA to pay Tuba workers
* Under pressure, BGMEA to pay dues of Tuba
* Tuba workers reject offer to clear dues in phases
* Government to challenge Delowar’s bail
* Govt to appeal HC order

20140802-03
* Workers reject new wage date, continue demo
* Tuba Group RMG workers to be paid Wednesday
* Tuba group workers to get 50% arrears by Thursday: BGMEA
* BGMEA pays workers’ salary Wednesday
* RMG workers to lay siege to BGMEA bhaban Aug 5
* Clear Tuba Group workers’ dues demand by Monday: Union leaders
* Tuba workers threaten tougher movement
* Labour leaders oppose Delwar’s bail, ministers at BGMEA to discuss way out
* Tuba Group workers hold sit-in
* Tuba Group owners given 24 hours to pay workers’ dues
* No govt instruction to appeal against Delwar’s bail
* Govt asks BGMEA to settle dues in a day or two
* Seized machines, hungry garments and bloodied strawberry
* Tuba workers threaten protests if dues not cleared by today
* BGMEA seeks emergency funds
* No problem with Tuba bank accounts

* Women-led seven garment workers’ federation
* Tuba workers stage demo in city
* State minister sits with BGMEA to resolve Tuba labour crisis
* Cancel Delwar’s bail: Tuba workers
* Tuba workers partially block Badda-Gulshan road
* BGMEA, labour leaders behind Tuba agitation
* Tuba workers’ hunger strike passes fifth day
* Cancel ‘Delwar’s bail’
* Tuba workers vow to continue strike

20140801
* Tuba workers to stage demo Saturday
* Tuba workers reject BGMEA’s proposal, announce fresh programme
* Tuba workers’ protest procession Saturday
* Owner of Tazreen Gets Bail – Delwar Hossain Roams Free Again
* Tuba Group crisis ‘stage-managed’
* Counsel cashed Tuba crisis
* Delwar granted bail by HC
* Tuba Group workers continue hunger strike
* 77 striking RMG workers fall sick
* Tuba Group workers still wait for arrears

20140731
* Tuba Group owner to be released in few days as he got bail before Eid, says minister
* Tuba workers promised part payment
* Tuba salaries within 7 days: BGMEA
* 21 more fasting workers of Tuba group fall sick, 11 hospitalised
* Fate of Tuba Group workers uncertain
* Workers’ leader among 14 fall sick
* 30 fall sick as workers continue hunger strike
* Day 3 of Occupy Tuba; 5 hospitalised
* 40 RMG workers fall sick in Badda demo
* No Festival to Celebrate – Garment Workers Keep Protesting After Eid

20140730
* BGMEA ‘sorry’ as Tuba workers keep collapsing
* 1200 RMG workers on hunger strike for payment
* RMG workers’ demo demanding salaries in Badda
* For unpaid Tuba workers, Eid on the factory floor

20140729
* RMG workers confine 4 for dues
* Tuba Group workers unpaid for 3 months
* Workers started their fast unto death demanding their 3 months salary

20140728
* Govt no less responsible for plight of RMG workers
* 200 RMG factories fail to clear wages, allowance in time
* RMG workers of 2 Savar units still not paid
* No salary, Eid bonus for 1,500 RMG workers
* Some RMG workers yet to get dues
* RMG workers’ bonus in intricacy of law

20140726-27
* Law silent about festival allowance
* Many RMG workers get poor amount instead of legitimate festival allowance
* Wait for salaries, bonus gets longer
* Workers of 6 Savar units demonstrate for payment
* Many factories fail to clear wage, bonus
* Rendered Jobless-Left Penniless – Garment Workers Cry Out Before Coming Festivities
* Pay wages, bonus by Saturday: labour leaders
* Arrears: RMG workers threaten to gherao owners’ houses on Eid day
* Unrest feared if RMG workers not paid

20140725
* RMG workers besiege BGMEA building for salary, bonus
* Another RMG unit closed partially

20140724
* Irregularities rampant in non-member RMG units
* BGMEA Bhaban seized for salary, bonus
* Knitting workers demonstrate for arrears in capital
* RMG workers-cops clash in city
* RMG workers of 3 more Savar units want payment
* RMG workers take to the streets again for dues
* Labour unrest feared over non-payment of wages

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Convention on the Rights of the Child
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
    A. Searcher

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