Tannery owners, workers stage demo at Hazaribagh

Dhaka,  Fri,  18 August 2017
Published : 12 Apr 2017, 22:05:40
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Tannery owners, workers stage demo at Hazaribagh

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Tannery owners and workers staged demonstration in the city's Hazaribagh area on Wednesday to press home their nine-point demand, including providing utility connections to the units at Savar Tannery Estate.

Hundreds of workers and tannery owners, under the banner of 'Chamra Shilpo Oikko Parishad' (united leather industry council), joined a procession carrying black flags.

Starting at around 11.30 am, the procession moved along the streets of Hazaribagh and ended at the tanners' intersection.

Leaders of leather goods exporters association and tanners association attended the procession.

Later, the leaders at a rally said some agencies are trying to close the country's second largest export-earning sector.

They said production in the leather units and their export-import are almost closed now. If the situation continues, the industry will be on the verge of extinction.

On April 8, Department of Environment disconnected the water, power and gas connections of the tanneries at Hazaribagh, following an order of the Supreme Court (SC).

Subsequently, on April 10, the tanners issued an ultimatum to materialise their various demands within 15 working days. Their demands include completing plot registration in line with the 2003 negotiations, installing world-class common effluent treatment plant (CETP), ensuring utility connections following the court order and workers' residence facilities.

On March 30, SC ordered all 154 tannery owners to relocate their units from Hazaribagh to Savar by April 6.

The court also fixed April 9 for hearing the petition on fines that the tannery owners were asked to pay for not relocating their factories in time.

On March 6, the High Court directed the government to shut down the tanneries at Hazaribagh immediately and disconnect their utility services, including gas, power and water, as they missed several deadlines to relocate their factories to Savar.

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