Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bangladesh - worker's struggle

Indefinite strike in RMG factories called after police evict Tuba protestors
Protesting workers of Tuba Group have called for an indefinite strike across garment factories in Bangladesh after police evicted them from the factory where they have been on a hunger-strike on Thursday. Law enforcers entered the factory premises around 1.15 pm. They lobbed tear gas canisters and charged batons on the workers, who were protesting demanding payment of their salaries and festival allowances due since July 28.
Police have also detained 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 at the factory. Mishu’ also the convener of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee, announced the programme just before the police detained her, according to Taslima Akter, Coordinator of a labour body, Garments Sramik Shanghati.
Gazipur garments workers protest to get overtime
Hachong BD workers blocked the Nabinagar-Kaliakoir road on Thursday morning. They gathered at the factory square at 8am, said Industrial Police Gazipur-2 ASP Md Moniruzzaman. They set fire to some car tyres around 9am. “The workers started throwing bricks and stones at the police when they tried to control the situation. Police fired a round of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the gathering. At least 15 workers were injured in the confrontation. The injured were treated in the local hospital”, said ASP Monir. Traffic returned to normal after half an hour, he said.

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