RMG workers, police clash in city

Wages, festival allowance by Ramdan 25 demanded

Staff Correspondent
Police disperse workers of Toba Group at North Badda in Dhaka using water cannons while they were demonstrating for the payment of their due wages on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Police disperse workers of Toba Group at North Badda in Dhaka using water cannons while they were demonstrating for the payment of their due wages on Wednesday. — New Age photo

At least 10 people, including police, were injured as apparel workers clashed with the police who intercepted their demonstrations for payment of wages and festival allowances at Badda in the city on Wednesday.
The apparel workers of Toba Group, a sister concern of Tazreen Fashion Limited, took to the street at about 10:00am and blocked the Kuril Bishwa Road causing severe traffic congestions, said Badda police officer-in-charge Abdul Jalil.
The police charged baton on the protesting workers and fired tear gas shells and birdshots injuring at least nine workers.
Police constable Shahidul Islam was also injured in the head, said Abdul Jalil.
The situation calmed down after the workers were dispersed at 12:30pm.
Textile Garments Workers Federation at a press conference called on the government to ensure payment of wages and festival allowances for apparel workers by Ramadan 25.
The federation president Abul Hossain at a press conference at Asad Auditorium said that the garment workers were low paid and they would not be able to enjoy the Eid festival if they were not paid by Ramadan 25.
Its general secretary Tapan Saha , in the written speech, said that they would be forced to wage movements if their 10-point demands were not met by Ramadan 25.
He also said that the federation will hold a rally of apparel workers on July 16 to press for the demands, including proper implementing minimum wage board award at all apparel factories, stopping job cuts and repressions in the apparel sector, giving adequate compensations for the victims of Rana Plaza collapse, establishing trade unions at all the apparel factories.
Garment labour leaders Anwarul Islam Tipu, Anjuara Begum, Rita Begun, among others, attended the press conference.



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