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Labours end protest at DEPZ

  • Published at 01:37 pm April 3rd, 2019
File photo of Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) Collected

Talisman Apparels Ltd Workers held a demo making a several demands, including a hike in monthly attendance bonus

Workers of a garment factory have ended their protest demonstration in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ). 

More than 2,000 workers had launched a protest on Wednesday after seeing a closure notice posted by Talisman Apparels Ltd. The protest demonstration began around 9am, and concluded around 12pm.

Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, workers’ leaders from Talisman Apparels Ltd said they have been demonstrating for the past few days for several demands, including an increase in the monthly attendance bonus. 

The demonstrators further alleged that a senior official, who is a foreign national, had misbehaved with a female worker, during a protest for a wage hike. 

The female worker has reportedly submitted a written complaint with Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA) in this regard. 

Responding to a query, Nazma Binte Alamgir, general manager (public relations) of BEPZA said: “The protests originated from a factory named Talisman Apparels Ltd. They were holding demonstrations from yesterday [Tuesday].

“They tried to include workers from other factories in their demonstration, however those factories gave their workers the day off to avoid further untoward incidents.”

Speaking about the workers' demands, Nazma Binte Alamgir said: “The protesting workers’ demands include a hike in their monthly attendance bonus, the permission to use mobile phones while on duty, and ten days leave during Eids. 

“They also want similar lunch menu for workers and management staff, a yearly increment on the gross salary, the suspension of two senior officials, and protection from being sacked by the management.”