• Wednesday, Dec 01, 2021
  • Last Update : 08:59 pm

Apparel workers continue protests for due wages in 5 districts

RMG workers protest
File photo of readymade garment workers demonstrating demanding their dues in Mirpur, Dhaka Courtesy

It was also reported that some workers resorted to vandalism in Narayanganj by damaging vehicles on the road

Workers of several apparel factories on Tuesday protested for due wages and bonuses on Eid-ul-Fitr in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Savar, Gazipur and Chittagong.

It was also reported that some workers resorted to vandalism in Narayanganj by damaging vehicles on the road.

Agitated workers protested at Mirpur in the capital on Tuesday, demanding payment of dues and bonus for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, defying social distancing measures and the shutdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Starting their demonstration from 7am, they flocked to Mirpur 1, Mirpur 10, and 14. Later, they gathered in front of the garment factory at Mirpur-13,

One of the protesters said: “The factory authorities did not even pay us our salaries in April. We demand that they pay our salary and 100% bonus.”

Kafrul police station Inspector (investigation) Farukul Alam told Dhaka Tribune that all of the 3,200 workers of the factory had joined the protest.

Dhaka Tribune could not reach Opex Fashion Ltd authorities for their comment.

Violence ensues in Narayanganj

At least five apparel workers were injured on Tuesday when they protested for their due wages and Eid bonus at Kayempur-Hajiganj road on Narayanganj link road.

Witnesses said workers of Fakir Knitwear Ltd took to the streets to press home their demand for a clearance of their due wages for April, 50% of their wages for May, as well as their Eid-ul-Fitr bonus.

When the factory management rejected their demands, they blocked the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road and vandalized several vehicles. Five workers were injured in the violence.

Police later arrived to discuss the workers’ demands with the factory management, who finally relented and accepted all the demands of the workers, promising to meet them before Eid, said Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, inspector (intelligence) of Narayanganj Industrial Police-4.

Workers protest layoffs in Savar

A symbolic protest was held on Tuesday against the forcible layoff of at least 635 apparel workers at three factories at Ashulia in Savar.

Assembling in front of Ashulia Press Club, the protesters stated that they and their terminated colleagues worked for Hang Tong BD Ltd, IDS Group Fashion Forum Ltd and Sinha Knit Denim Ltd.

The protestors said 350 workers from Hang Tong BD Ltd, 185 from IDS Group Fashion Forum Ltd and 100 from Sinha Knit Denim Ltd were laid off, citing lack of work, as well as without any sort of compensation.

"We demand their immediate reinstatement, otherwise how can they survive through the coronavirus pandemic?" asked one of the protestors.

Apparel workers continue protests in Gazipur

Workers of three apparel factories protested on Tuesday for due wages and Eid bonus, blocking the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at one point.

The workers were employed by various factory units of Evince Group. They alleged the factory management had informed them that they would not be receiving their wages for May nor their bonus for Eid-ul-Fitr.

Enraged, they took to the streets to demand full wages and bonus before Eid, blocking the nearby Dhaka-Mymensingh highway for several hours.

Sheikh Moniruzzaman, general manager of Evitex Apparels, one of the factory units, said the workers' demands were unreasonable as the government had instructed a clearance of 50% bonus before Eid, not in full.

Jahangir Hossain, inspector of Gazipur Industrial Police, said the protestors withdrew their demonstration after the authorities promised to accept their demands.

Workers protest against retrenchment in Ctg

Several hundred workers of an apparel factory in Mirsarai Upazila of Chittagong staged demonstration protesting at the retrenchment on Tuesday.  

The agitating workers also put up a blockade on Feni-Korerhat road under Zorarganj police station under Mirsarai upazila.

Vehicular movement came to a halt for an hour due to the road blockade.

As many as 750 workers work at the apparel factory identified as P&G (BD) Ltd.

The agitating workers demanded 15-day salary of May and festival bonus within 25th Ramadan.

On information, Zorarganj police rushed to the spot and calm the agitating workers.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Mofiz Uddin Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Zorarganj police station said that the workers called off their protest program after the factory authorities conceded to their demands.

“We held a negotiation meeting with the factory authorities. Later, they agreed to pay 65% salary for 16 days of the current month. The factory authorities said that they cannot afford to give festival bonus. They also assured that no worker will be terminated,” the OC added.

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