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Dacca Dyeing terminates 154 workers

Update : 03 Nov 2015, 08:11 PM

The management of Dacca Dyeing Garments Limited, a sister concern of Pall Mall Group, yesterday fired 154 RMG workers, citing shortage of work orders and excess labour.

The sacked workers and trade union leaders, however, claimed that the management terminated them due to their involvement in the process of forming trade union in the factory.

“I started to work as usual like the other day while at one stage the management asked me to go downstairs for talks,” Alam Gazi, a worker of Dhaka Dyeing Limited, told the Dhaka Tribune.

“When I reached the office room, the officials forcibly took my signature on several papers and also took away ID card.”

Alam said the authorities paid him the salary for the month of October and other dues and pushed him out of the factory.

Though the management explained the reason behind termination, the fact is the workers’ involvement in forming the proposed trade union, said Mahfuzur Rahman, an operator of the Dacca Dyeing.

They sacked only those workers who signed on the application for trade union registration, Mahfuzur added.

“We were getting less benefit compared to other factory workers of Pall Mall Group,” said Noman, another worker.

The workers of other factories get Tk600 for timely presence while we get Tk400 for the same task, he added.

But Mahtab Uddin, director, Admin and HR of Palmal Group of Industries, gave the version that there was excess labour in the factory and the export work orders have decreased in recent months.

For this reason, the management decided to fire excess workforce at random and all dues have been paid to them as per the law, said Mahtab. He termed the allegation of the workers baseless.

“We did not have any information about the trade union,” he said while commenting on the workers’ claim that they have been fired for their involvement in the process of forming trade union.

“Only for the involvement of workers in the proposed trade union, the factory owners sacked them,” Garment Federation of Worker Solidarity (GFWS) Secretary Sritee Akter Sahida told the Dhaka Tribune. 

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