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Tuba owner to be forced to pay dues before Eid: Shipping Minister

Tuba owner to be forced to pay dues before Eid: Shipping Minister

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan has said that the government would force the Tuba Group owner to pay arrears, overtime bills and festival bonuses of its workers before Eid-ul-Azha. The labour leader also threatened that Delwar Hossain - the owner of the group would also be forced to reopen his five garment units to meet...

Ensuring fair trade in RMG sector

Ensuring fair trade in RMG sector

ON Eid day, as most Bangladeshis were enjoying joyful moments with their friends and families, some 1,600 workers of Tuba Garments factory were on a hunger strike in the capital demanding their arrear wages and festival bonus. While the news was covered by the major media outlets there was no action from the...

BGMEA asked to form emergency fund

BGMEA asked to form emergency fund

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...

Tuba Group distributing July wage among workers

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...

Tofail for emergency RMG fund

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. On re-opening of the affected five factories of the Tuba Group, Tofail said if the owner is able...

Police foil demo for Tuba workers

Law enforcers did not allow garment workers to stage their scheduled demonstrations in Savar and Ashulia industrial areas yesterday. A group of workers tried to demonstrate at Ashulia around 5:00pm, demanding outstanding pays and Eid bonuses for the staff 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 were injured in Savar and Ashulia, he claimed. Police outright denied the allegation. "There's...

Tuba workers to get July wage tomorrow

Tuba workers to get July wage tomorrow

The wages and over time bills for July will be distributed among workers of Tuba Group at BGMEA head office in the capital tomorrow. The owner of the Group, Delwar Hossain, has agreed to pay the arrears,” BGMEA Vice President Shahidul Azim told The Daily Star over cellphone this afternoon. Around Tk 1.25 crore will...

Strike Saturday if dues not paid by tomorrow: Tuba workers

Strike Saturday if dues not paid by tomorrow: Tuba workers

Agitating garment workers of Tuba Group this evening called strike at all RMG factories across the country on Saturday if their dues are not paid by tomorrow. The workers, who are on hunger strike since July 28 at Badda of the capital demanding payment of their outstanding salaries of the month of May, June...

Tuba workers warn of hartal if salaries not paid by tomorrow

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...

Editorial

Don't play around with workers' dues

At the time of writing, the workers have continued with their protests including a hunger strike for about a week now. The point simply is this, the employees are not asking for alms, they are demanding their dues. And it is the timely settlement of these which is of the essence here. Why must factory managements accord such a low priority to paying their workers on whom they have to depend for delivering orders and making profits? However, we note...

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