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RMG workers block Dhaka-Mymensingh highway to demand backpay

  • Published at 01:15 pm October 10th, 2021
RMG workers on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway
RMG workers protesting on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway on Sunday, October 10, 2021Dhaka Tribune

The garments authorities posted a notice on the factory gates announcing a production halt

Hundreds of readymade garment factory workers had blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway on Sunday, after their factories were closed without paying their dues.

Traffic on one of the busiest highways in the country was suspended for five hours until 2pm, when the workers lifted the blockade following assurances from the police.

Deputy Commissioner Zakir Hossain of the Gazipur Metropolitan Police said that representatives of the workers, members of the industrial police, and metropolitan police were discussing a settlement at the factory. 

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The workers claimed the authorities were supposed to pay their salaries for the previous month on Sunday. But factory management put up a notice on the entrances saying that production would be halted until October 24.

Traffic caused by barricades put up by the RMG workers on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway Sunday, October 10, 2021  | Dhaka Tribune

Angered by their decision, the workers of two factories, Interlink Apparels LTD in  Vogra and another in Basan, took to the streets around 9am.

Several workers of Interlink Apparels Limited said they returned to their homes after working on Thursday. When they returned to work on Sunday after the weekend, a notice of closure was posted on the factory gates. 

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According to the workers, they were not informed of the notice issued by the factory management.

While the authorities made no comments, the closure notice said that the factory had suffered severe damages due to the pandemic and hence they could no longer continue to operate. Therefore, in accordance with the law, all sections of the factory will remain closed until October 24.

Deputy Commissioner Zakir of the Gazipur metro police said they were trying to resolve the issue by talking to both the authorities and the workers involved.

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