At least 30 ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Ashulia, Savar were shut down on Monday, as workers staged demonstration, demanding implementation of minimum monthly wage.
Factories and police sources said the workers of Starling Creation, Shed Fashion, Windy Group, Vandura Garments, JBS, Designer Gens, Band Design, Setara Apparels, The Rose Dresses and AM Design and other readymade garments factories in Ashulia stopped their works and staged demonstration on the factory premises in the morning for their 16-point demands, including Tk15,000 minimum monthly wage, for the workers.
Being informed, industry police rushed to the factories and tried to bring the situation under control. Later, authorities of the factories closed the factories to avoid untoward situation, as police failed to control the unrest.
Workers claimed that they were trying to fulfil their demand through peaceful demonstrations. They also urged to the BGMEA and the government to accept their demands.
Mostafizur Rahman, director of Ashulia Industrial police, said: “Workers of at least 30 readymade garments’ factories staged demonstration in the morning. Later, authorities of the factories closed the factories to avoid troublesome situations.”
He also said additional police were deployed at the factories after the factories were shutdown.
The other demands are implement of democratic labour laws in the factory, ban of clauses 3(A) of 27, 13(A) of labour law, ensure factory safety, ensure workers’ safety during work time, increase presence bonus, increase transport allowance, increase daily lunch allowance, stop lay off, ensure residential and transport opportunity for workers and others.
Earlier, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at a press conference warned that government would mark the people who are plotting conspiracy in garments sectors.
The minister came up with the warning after a meeting over recent unrest of garments’ workers at a community centre at Baipail, Ashulia, organised by Dhaka Zila Police on Sunday night.
He said: “The government will solve workers’ problems through discussion.”
Among others, c, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mojibul Haque Chunnu, Local lawmaker Dr Md Enamur Rahman, SM Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dhaka Range and labour leaders and general garments workers were present at the meeting and discussed about recent workers’ unrest.