Tuba Group workers yesterday reiterated their demand for immediate cancellation of the bail of Delwar Hossain, owner of the group, in a case filed in connection with the Tazreen Fashions fire.
The workers also demanded their due bonus, and urged the government to take control of the company and open up employment opportunities for them as some factories under the group shut down without prior notice.
Hundreds of demonstrating workers gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club under the banner “Tuba Group's Sramik Sangram Committee” to press home their demands.
Doli Akhter, a 30-year-old worker of the group, said she has been struggling to feed her family of five since the closure of the factory she worked at.
“Since the factory closed, I have been applying for jobs at other garment factories, but they have all turned me down after finding that I had worked for Tuba Group. I need a job to feed my family,” she said.
Terming Delwar a criminal, lawmaker Fazle Hasan Badsha said, “Neither the government nor the BGMEA authorities have the scope to stand in favour of Delwar.”
About 1,600 workers of Tuba factories have been demonstrating since July 28 demanding arrears and Eid bonus. Later, BGMEA paid their due salary, but not the bonus.
Since the fatal fire at Tazreen Fashions, a unit of Tuba, which killed about 112 people, eight units have been closed.
Delwar, who was arrested in a case in connection with the fire, was given bail on August 5.