‘Save bidi workers from multinational tobacco cos’30 March 2023
Staff Reporter :
Bangladesh Bidi Shromik Federation urged the government to save thousands of workers as well the bidi industry from the aggression of foreign multinational tobacco companies.
They urged reduction in the tariff imposed on bidi in the upcoming fiscal year.
They came out with the demand at a press conference at the National Press Club on Monday.
Hundreds of bidi workers gathered in zahur hossain chowdhury hall at the National Press Club showing their utmost support to the demand.
Bangladesh Bidi Workers Federation Acting President M.K Bangali, General Secretary Abdur Rahman, Joint-Secretaries Harik Hossain and Anowar Hossain were present in the programme among others. Bidi workers leaders said in the press conference that their demands are taking legal action against those involved in illegal bidi production, reduction of tariff from Tk 18 to Tk 16 on bidis, increasing the price of low quality cigarettes from Tk 40 to Tk 50 and stopping the aggression of British American Tobacco.