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RMG workers return to work in Dhaka, Savar, Gazipur

  • Published at 12:28 pm January 15th, 2019
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RMG workers peacefully head towards factories in Ashulia on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 after a long protest Dhaka Tribune

No incidents of unrest among the workers have yet been reported on Tuesday

After eight days of demonstrations protesting wage discrepancies, the workers of the ready-made garment (RMG) factories—in Dhaka, Gazipur, Savar, and Ashulia— have started working at their respective workplaces.

No incidents of unrest or agitation among the workers have yet been reported since Tuesday morning. 

Instead of sporadic gatherings, workers were seen entering factories around 8am. Also all the factories that were closed due to demonstrations have been reopened.

Dhaka District Superintendent of Police (SP) Shah Mizan Shafiur Rahman, at a press briefing in Jamgora of Ashulia,  on Tuesday morning, said workers have joined the workforce at their respective factories and no unrest has yet been reported.

However, additional members of Industrial Police, Metropolitan Police, and district police were deployed to the marked areas to avert any untoward situation, he added. 

While visiting Dhaka’s Mirpur 11, 12, 13, and 14—and also Shewarapara and Kazipara—, the Dhaka Tribune found that apparel workers have  gone to work as usual.

Sirajul Islam Rony, president of the Bangladesh National Garment Workers Employees League, told the Dhaka Tribune: “As of today, garment workers have gone to work at  the factories and accepted the revised wage structure. As a result, there is no unrest, nor has there been a demonstration in the capital.” 

“I hope, that the factory owners will fully implement the revised wage structure as the workers have agreed to it and have returned to working floor to help production,” he added.

He also urged the workers to remain calm and inform trade union leaders, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the government of cases of non-compliance with the revised wage structure. 

While asked about the revised pay structure to several RMG workers in Gazipur and Savar , they said they are looking to implement it immediately.

In the wake of widespread protests by apparel workers for the last few days over the disparity in their new wage structure, the government, on Sunday (January 13), revised their wages.

The wages of garment workers under grades one, two, three, four, five, and six—out of a total seven grades—have been freshly adjusted.