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

New Age Online
Fasting workrs of Tuba Group who have fallen sick are given intravenous fluid at the venue of their hunger strike at Central Badda in Dhaka on Thursday. – New Age photo

Fasting workrs of Tuba Group who have fallen sick are given intravenous fluid at the venue of their hunger strike at Central Badda in Dhaka on Thursday. – New Age photo

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.
The number of sick workers due to four-day’s fasting rose to 80 on Thursday and 11 of them has been hospitalised. The other workers who have fallen sick were given intravenous fluid at the demonstration venue.
The demonstrating workers said they would continue fasting until the arrears, overtime allowance, and festival allowance were paid to the 1600 workers of five units of the Tuba Group — Tuba Fashions, Tuba Textile, Bukshan Garments, Tayeb Design and Mita Design.
The workers also went out on demonstrations at Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association on July 23 for the same demand but there was no remedy.
The mother-in-law of the Tuba Group owner Delwar Hossain, Laili Begum, was still kept confined as she failed to pay after a negotiation with the workers.
Delwar is in jail in the Tazreen fire case and his wife Mahmuda Aktar, also chairman of Tuba Group, is freed on bail.
(second update)



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