Unity of the working class is needed to realize & protect workers’ rights [Comrade Rashed Khan Menon M.P.]

Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister and President of the Workers Party of Bangladesh, Comrade Rashed Khan Menom M.P. has stressed the need for unity of the working class to realize & protect workers’ rights. He urged the government and the factory owners to pay just wages to workers and honour the workers’ right to organize.

“No more death of worker in fire and accident,” raising this slogan, Comrade Menon made a clarion call to the factory owners to establish safe & developed working condition for workers.

He demanded of the government to make special allocation in the National Budget for the garment workers in order to supply them essential commodities in a reduced price, and establish ‘safe delivery centers’, childcare centers and residential arrangement near the industrial areas.

Comrade Menon made these call while addressing “Garment workers’ central May Day rally”, which was organized by the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF).

Presided over by NGWF President Amirul Haque Amin at Purna Paltan Crossing in Dhaka city, the massive & colourful rally was addressed by Scretary of Dhaka City Workers Party Comrade Kishor Roy, Youth Alliance General Secretary Sabbah Ali Khan Collins, NGWF General Secretary Ms Safia Akter, central leaders Ms Nurun Nahar, Ms Arifa Akter, Ms Jasmine Akter and Ms Nasima Aktar, among others.

Comrade Menon was critical of the role of main opposition party BNP in the recently concluded three city corporations and said, “Begum Zia took part in the polls after taking a preplanned decision to boycott the elections.”

In his presidential speech NGWF President Amirul Haque Amin urged the garment workers to build united movement in order to ensure that there is no repetition of the Rana Plaza and Tazreen tragedies.

“We will accept no more death of worker in building collapse like that of Rana Plaza and fire incident like that of Tazreen,” shouting this slogan, the NGWF President urged the government and the factory owners to establish ‘safe workplace’ in garment industry in Bangladesh.

He demanded of the government, factory owners, buyers and BGMEA to immediately pay compensation to the Rana Plaza & Tazreen victims on the basis of ‘loss of earnings’.

He asked the factory owners to stop repression of workers and termination of workers from job for organizing unions. He demanded immediate reopening of the closed factories and reinstatement of the dismissed workers.

Demanding payment of living wage to the garment workers, Amin urged the government to give 6-month paid maternity leave to the private sector’s women workers like that the government sector.

The rally was followed by a massive and colourful procession that was concluded in front of the NGWF central office at Topkhana after parading Purana Paltan, Dainik Bangla Crossing, Baitul Mokarram, Secretariat, National Press Club, High Court Crossing, Foreign Ministry and Topkhana Road. Huge number of women workers, holding National Flag & Red flags high took part in the procession.

Press Secretary, NGWF

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