Tannery workers demand environment-friendly industry

Leather industry workers on Tuesday urged the government to build an environment-friendly industry and ensure their rights. “Savar Tannery Estate should be built as modern and environment-friendly. Tanneries are polluting surrounding areas and the environment isn’t safe for the workers,” Tannery Workers Union President Abul Kalam Azad told a press conference at Jatiya Press Club. From this thriving industry, the government targets earning $5 billion by 2021, he said. “But there’s no facility for us. There’s no residence, hospital, educational institutes, rest houses, public toilets and canteens for the workers.”