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Police disperses garment workers’ demonstration in Savar

  • Published at 01:18 pm January 7th, 2019
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Industrial Police, equipped with batons and a water cannon, advancing to break an agitation of garment workers in Savar's Hemayetpur Tannery Road on January 7, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The workers protested a new wage structure by blocking Hemayetpur Tannery Road

Police has dispersed a demonstration—led by garment workers protesting a new wage structure—in Savar, on Monday morning.

More than a hundred workers of the TCL 2 and Standard Group factories  demonstrated against discrimination within the newly-formed wage structure; by blocking Hemayetpur Tannery Road.

According to the workers of these two garment factories, they had informed the factory owners about the discrimination in the wage structure, but factory administration did not address the situation.

Instead, the factory owners called the police to beat up some of the factory workers around 2pm on Sunday.

Responding to this, on Monday morning, the workers decided not to work at the factories and started protesting the proceedings in front of their respective factory’s main gates.

Industrial police responded to the scene and initially tried to convince the workers to call off their protest.

However, the agitated garment workers did not comply with the police’s request.

Dhaka1 Ashulia Industrial Police Superintendent Sana Shaminur Rahman said: "The workers were blocking the road. We had to intervene and disperse them in order to keep the traffic flow normal. We have deployed additional police forces in front of the factory gates avoid a further untoward and unpleasant situation."