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23 Apr 2023

Ariful Islam Sabbir, Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh: Eight injured Rana Plaza workers begin hunger strike demanding compensation, rehabilitation, labour law reforms & justice

"Injured workers on hunger strike in front to Rana Plaza with 4-point demand", 23 April 2023

Several injured workers have been on hunger strike with four point demands in front of Rana Plaza in Savar since Sunday morning.

The workers are Nilufa Yasmin, Sheela Begum, Mahmudur Hasan Hriday, Emdadul Islam, Nilufa Begum, Masuda, Bulbuli and Md Alauddin.

Their demand is to provide compensation and rehabilitation to the workers affected in Rana Plaza equal to one lifetime's income; bringing to justice all those responsible for the Rana Plaza incident; reforming the country's labour laws and building worker-friendly laws; providing free treatment and government allowances to injured workers in all industrial sectors of the country.

Emdadul Islam, an injured worker of Rana Plaza on hunger strike said: "Our workers were on hunger strike in Dhaka in the past as well. Even today (Sunday) we are observing a strike  in front of Rana Plaza. Due to the financial crisis we can not afford to buy food and go to our hometown to celebrate Eid." 

"Rana Plaza has brought our workers to this situation today. If we were healthy, we would have worked, celebrated Eid with our family. Now we are like mental patients. So we are doing this hunger strike with four-point demands," he said...