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RMG workers protest in Gazipur demanding arrears

  • Published at 12:42 am December 11th, 2019
RMG Workers Protest
RMG workers blocks the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway in protest on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

According to the protesters, the factory authorities, who owe their workers the salaries for October and November, failed to make payments on the announced date of disbursement, despite making commitment to do so several times

Workers of two ready-made garment (RMG) factories blocked the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway in protest on Tuesday, demanding their arrears.

The workers, employed at RMG factories Style Craft and Young Ones, located in Lakshmipura area under the Gazipur City Corporation, took to the streets at 1:30pm and kept up with their demonstration till 7pm, disrupting traffic.

When contacted, Inspector Shahidul Islam of Gazipur Industrial Police said: “The RMG workers took to the street demanding their arrears around 1pm on Tuesday. They took position in front of the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) building on the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway and halted vehicular movement for six hours.”

According to the protesters, the factory authorities, who owe their workers the salaries for October and November, failed to make payments on the announced date of disbursement, despite making commitment to do so several times.

On Tuesday, workers became enraged as the authorities once again failed to pay the due salary for October, as they had promised previously.

The RMG workers, looking to demonstrate on the highway, was obstructed by the police and subsequently observed work abstention at their respective factories from 10am. Later, failing to get any responses from the authorities, workers blocked the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway to press home their demand. 

The protesters suspended their demonstration after getting assurances from Gazipur MP Shamsunnahar Bhuyan who, after meeting with factory authorities and workers, announced that the workers would be paid their dues for October on Thursday and the dues for November on December 23. 

A faction of the protesters rejected the proposal and vowed to continue their demonstration on Wednesday.