Around 4500 RMG workers have been dismissed from factories in Ashulia and Narayanganj
The government has advised law enforcement and garment factory owners not to harass or fire workers who were involved in the protest against the newly-announced wage board.
However, police—along with garment factory owners—are still arresting, filing cases against, and harassing ready-made garment industry RMG workers in many different ways.
These statements were made in a press release issued by the Bangladesh Labour Institute (Bashi) which was signed by the organization’s President Shah Atul Islam on January 29.
Bashi also expressed its deep concern about, and criticism of, the current situation as they believe it will only evoke a sense of betrayal among garment workers.
The press release, quoting a national daily, stated that according to the industrial police, at least 4500 RMG workers have been dismissed from different garment factories in Ashulia and Narayanganj alone, till this Sunday.
It further stated that at least 40 workers have been arrested for their direct or indirect involvement in the minimum wage protest by RMG workers in 30 separate cases filed regarding the movement.
In the press release, Bashi urged factory owners, garment workers, and the government to take timely and effective initiatives to end this conflict as all parties have the same goal, which is to build a prosperous Bangladesh.
Bashi also listed four of their demands on their press release: the immediate release of arrested RMG workers and leaders, the reappointment of dismissed workers, proper implementation of the promises made by the government and factory owners, and lastly, the establishment of trade union bodies in all garment factories.