Sramik Nirapotta Forum (SNF) and Domestic Workers Rights Network (DWRN) jointly formed a human chain on July 4, 2017 in front of National Press Club protesting 10 workers killed and nearly hundred workers injured as a result of boiler blast in Gazipur and domestic workers tortured in Mirpur DOHS and Paribag in the capital.
One side of the four-storey factory building collapsed on Monday 7 PM when dying section boiler of ‘Multifabs Limited’ factory at Noyapara of Kashimpur in Gazipur exploded. 10 workers were killed and nearly hundred workers were injured in this incident. The injured are under treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
On the other hand, two domestic workers named Sabina Akter (11) at Mirpur DOHS and Rahima Akter Baby at Paribag were brutally tortured.
Speakers in the human chain said, “Now boiler accident has become a regular incident. Such types of accidents are continuing to occur despite of several warning of safety management development and protection. It appears that the authorities have huge negligence on this matter. For this negligence several accidents are occurring and workers along with neighbors and pedestrians are also getting injured. Speaker demanded to strengthen inspection system of factories. They also urged concerned authorities for proper investigation of the incidents and giving appropriate punishment by bringing the offenders under law, providing enough compensation and proper treatment to the families of deceased as well as injured workers and taking effective initiatives immediately to implement labour law for ensuring safety of lives of the workers all over the country.
Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal President Anwar Hossain, Garhostha Nari Sramik Union Advisor Abul Hossain, Jatiya Sramik Jote Bangladesh General Secretary Naimul Ahsan Jewel, Jatiya Sramik Federation Bangladesh President Quamrul Ahsan, SNF Member Secretary as well as DWRN Coordinator Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmmed along with leaders of SNF and DWRN affiliated organisations, National Trade Union Federations and professional organisations participated at the human chain.