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Dhaka Tribune

Workers wait to rejoin work

Update : 18 Dec 2013, 07:13 PM

Hundreds of workers of Gazipur’s Standard Garment Factory – which was gutted down in a fire last month – have been passing days of hardship as they wait to get their jobs back.

More than 300 workers gathered in front of the factory yesterday, hoping to be re-recruited, as production had resumed on a limited capacity on December 11.

Kamrul Islam, a worker of the cutting department, said he had rejoined work four days ago and had received the salary for November.

Nobi Hossain, who has been working up to 10-hours-a-day as line chief since the production restarted, said: “The factory owner will re-recruit the previous workers soon. At least 120 labourers worked in each line and the line can only be restarted if all the labourers started working.”

However, those who were yet to rejoin work, were passing tough times, with many of them being unable to pay back the money owed to landlords and shopkeepers.

Asadul Islam, a worker, said: “I have been roaming around the factory every day since December 11. It has now become a routine work.”

Anjuara Begum, a sewing operator of the factory, said: “A few days ago I had an altercation with the manager of the landlord about paying the rent. “How can I pay back what I owe when I have yet to get the salary?” she posed a question.

Dulal Mia, another worker, said: “I sent money to my family in November, but failed to send any money this month. I went to the factory every day and wait for their call to join work.”

A shop owner of the area Shariful Islam said: “Many workers have taken goods without paying money,” and expressed doubts whether the workers would get their jobs back.

Abbas Uddin, a landlord in the locality, said: “Most of the workers have not paid the rent of November. Although they give assurance of paying the rent after re-recruitment, I cannot rely on them.”

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