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RMG workers block Airport road again, demand pay rise

  • Published at 01:12 pm January 7th, 2019
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A bus set on fire during the blockade of Uttara road in Dhaka by garment workers on January 7, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

They had blocked Airport road on Sunday but disbanded only after garments' owners assured them of looking into the problem

Garment workers have again blocked the Airport road in Uttara's Abdullahpur area in Dhaka demanding a pay hike.

Eye witnesses said the garment workers of different garments including Chaity and Shanta garments in Uttara, came out to the Uttara road around 9:30am on Monday. 

The police then, however, barred the workers from blocking the road. 

A chase-counter chase ensued them. Police then shot tear gas shells, witnesses said.

The garment workers were then forced to disperse. Later, they re-organized and started a protest, blocking the main road in Abdullahpur area around 11:20am.

Garment workers, demanding a pay rise, block the Uttara road in Dhaka on Monday, January 7, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune

A bus was also set on fire in protest by the apparel workers around 1:20pm. 

Two units of fire service are on the way to douse the fire, said Fire Service Headquarters Duty Officer Ershad Hossain.

Airport police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nure Azam Miah, confirming the torching of the bus, said: "The garment workers are still blocking the road, causing the Fire service to be still stuck in traffic."

However, the fire fighting units were then sent back due to the fire burning out after completely destroying the bus.

Earlier on Sunday, garment workers had blocked the Airport road. They had only withdrawn their protest five hours later after being assured by concerned garments' owners that their problems would be provided with a solution.

What the apparel workers demand

The apparel workers demanded a minimum wage of Tk16,000 with Tk10,000 as basic salary. Some of their other demands include - workers cannot be sacked by factory owners at any time without proper reason; and around 51% salary boost for the older employees who had been working as helpers in the factories.