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50 factories closed as RMG workers protest for sixth straight day

  • Published at 09:25 pm January 12th, 2019
Police seen trying to disperse the crowds protesting the discrepancies in wage of RMG workers on Saturday; January 12, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Among the closed factories, 30 are in Gazipur while 20 are in Ashulia

Readymade garment (RMG) workers continued demonstrations demanding revisions to the new wage structure for the sixth consecutive day on Saturday

Protests in Dhaka, Ashulia, and Gazipur forced at least 50 factories to suspend operations for the day, while clashes between RMG workers and police left dozens injured, reports UNB.

RMG workers took to the streets in the morning and put up barricades at the Mirpur-1 and Ansar Camp areas of Dhaka, halting vehicular movement. They also demonstrated at Shewrapar, Kazipara, and Begum Rokeya Sarani.

Police said the barricades were withdrawn around noon.

In Gazipur, hundreds of workers from different garment factories staged demonstrations. Police charged batons when workers of Target Fashion Factory tried to blockade the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway at Chandona Chowrasta.

Workers claimed that thugs hired by factory owners had attacked them in the BCL area, as they had refused to come to work.

RMG workers also clashed with police when they tried to blockade the Dhaka-Tangail Highway at the BSCIC area in Konabari.

At least 30 factories in Gazipur were closed for the day following the unrest.

Clashes in Savar, Ashulia

At least 20 workers were injured in clashes with police at Jamgora in the morning. The skirmishes prompted at least 20 RMG factories to call off operations for the day.

Border Guard Bangladesh troopers have been deployed to the area to prevent escalation of the unrest.

In Ashulia, at least 10 workers were injured after a clash with police at Kathgora, forcing several factories to close.

Industrial police Director Shaminur Rahman said they had to disperse the workers as they were trying to block the roads.

Additional police personnel have been deployed in front of the garment factories to maintain law and order.