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Garment workers threaten to go on hunger strike
Jul '08
Garment Sramik O Shilpa Rakkha Jatiya Mancha (GSSRJM), an association of various trade unions of garment workers, placed their six-point demand during a press conference on July 15 at Shaheed Asad auditorium on Topkhana Road.

The Group will submit a memorandum to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BKMEA) on July 30, and to Labor Adviser on August 10. Following this, they plan to observe a hunger strike on August 31 if their demands are not taken into consideration.

As a matter of fact, workers have actually decided to wage agitations if their demands are not met immediately. One of the primary demands put forward to the authorities is that of granting a monthly salary of Tk4500 instead of Tk1662.50 presently availed.

Their six-point demands include slashing price of essentials, introduction of rationing system for the workers, forming a wage board without delay, holding dialogue with workers, withdrawing false cases against workers and stopping illegal termination, re-establishing the right for trade union activities and lifting emergency, demolishing illegally constructed BGMEA-building to develop Hatirjhil project and punishing government employees involved in approving the illegal plan of the building.

It has been recently revealed that a large number of workers were kept unpaid for months and were even terminated indiscriminately by their owners. That the workers were made subject to such degrading situations, it was only right that widespread demonstration against unjust practices was taken by the union.

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