Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– More than 1200 workers of four garment factories of Tuba Group have been observing hunger strike programme at Badda area in the capital Dhaka on Tuesday, the Eid day, demanding their unpaid salaries and allowance.
The garment factories are Tuba Fashions, Bukshan Garments, Tuba Textiles and Mita Design.
The Tuba Group failed to pay the dues and festival allowances to its 1,500 employees.
Owner of Tuba Group Delwar Hossain is currently in jail in connection with the Tazreen Fashions fire incident that killed 112 workers in November, 2012.
The demonstrating workers said they would continue their hunger strike until the dues are paid.

The protesting workers are demanding payment of their three months’ arrears and Eid bonus. Forum President Moshrefa Mishu reportedly said the workers would pass the Eid day at the factory and continue with their hunger strike if their demand is not met.

A team of police members were deployed in the scene, the workers said.

Earlier, the workers confined four people, including the mother-in-law of the owner. Later, they released factory guard Abdul Quddus, owner’s cousin Sohel and his maternal uncle.
Although the owners had promised to clear the dues by Sunday, the workers did not receive any money on the day.
The workers have been demonstrating in front of the BGMEA building in the capital for the last few days demanding dues and Eid bonuse.

BBN/SSR/AD-29July14-7:12 pm (BST)