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Scope program in protest of workers’ casualties in Banshkhali, tomorrow’s demonstration

The Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SCOPE) has announced a program to protest the workers’ casualties at the S Alam Group-owned coal-fired thermal power plant at Gandamara in Banshkhali, Chittagong.

As part of the program, a protest rally will be held in front of the National Press Club on Wednesday (April 21) at 11 am.

This information has been given in a press release on Tuesday (April 20).

The new movement program has been adopted at the meeting of the central board of directors of the virtually held SCOPE, the statement said. Mezbah Uddin Ahmed, Anwar Hossain, Rajekuzzaman Ratan, Kamrul Ahsan, Chowdhury Ashiqul Alam, Naimul Ahsan Jewel, Shakil Akter Chowdhury, Ripon Chowdhury, Shamim Ara, Ahsan Habib Bulbul, Abul Kal took part in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Scope Joint Coordinator Shahidullah Chowdhury. Hossain etc.

The meeting demanded a judicial inquiry into the Banshkhali killings, trial of those responsible for the killing of workers, including authorities-security guards-police, an end to harassment of workers and appropriate compensation for those killed and injured. Until a proper investigation and punishment of the culprits is ensured, it was decided to hold a series of protests, including a memorandum with the Home Minister and the Minister of Labor. He urged the concerned to take necessary steps to make the program a success.

The meeting also decided to observe the eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza landslide on April 24 and the International Workers’ Solidarity Day on May 1. In addition, the joint coordinator of the scope Nur Qutb Mannan’s recovery was wished.

The meeting called for cancellation of the provisions of the Labor Act relating to daily working hours for six months and cancellation of the notification issued by the Wage Board Branch of the Ministry of Labor. While it is not the responsibility of the government to ensure the profits of the employer alone without considering the health risks of the workers, it is unanimously agreed that this notification will further increase the health risks of the workers during the Corona High Transition.

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