Bidi workers demand increase in wages

Bidi workers demand increase in wagesUNB

Bidi industry workers have demanded an increase in their wages and keep provision of 6-day work week in bidi factories.

They came up with the demands from a rally organised by Bangladesh Bidi Sramik Federation on the occasion of May Day in front of the National Press Club on Monday.

Bangladesh Bidi Sramik Federation general secretary Abdur Rahman, Vice President Nazim Uddin, publicity secretary Shamim Islam, among others, spoke at the function while joint secretary Harik Hossain moderated it.

They also demanded an act for the protection for workers in bidi industry, reduction of existing tariff on bidis in the budget of 2023-2024 and withdrawal of 10 per cent advance income tax on bidi to protect the industry, said a media release.

Bidi Sramik Federation leaders said that millions of workers in the country make a living by working in the labour intensive bidi industry. But this traditional local industry is being destroyed by conspiracies of foreign multinational companies, they added.