The management of HR Textile Mills Limited, a unit of Pride Group, on Sunday shut down the factory for two days as more workers fell sick a day after the death of a worker inside the factory while performing duty.
The officials of the factory at Ulail of Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, said at least five workers fell sick on Sunday which forced them to shut their production.
On Saturday, 28-year-old Rashedul Islam, an operator of the factory, died on duty hours after he was denied sick leave by the authorities.
Protesting against the death, several thousand workers blocked the Dhaka-Aricha Highway for four hours and vandalised several vehicles on Saturday.
The situation came under control as the factory authority paid Tk 8 lakh as compensation to Rashedul’s factory and promised to meet other demands of the workers.
Workers said that the factory management shut the unit at around 11:30am for two days—Sunday and Monday, to avoid any untoward incident as the workers started protest again as at least five of their colleague became sick.
They said that among the ill workers Bithe Akter, Sumi Akter and Parul were admitted at Enam Medical College Hospital.
Dhaka Industrial Police director Sana Shaminur Rahman said to avoid any untoward incident additional police force were deployed at the factory area.
Workers complained that the factory workers were not allowed to enjoy casual and sick leaves for last few months as the factory was undergoing huge production burden.
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