Employees gather to protest sudden factory closure

Our Correspondent | Published: 14:45, Aug 01,2018 | Updated: 15:08, Aug 01,2018


Hundreds of Chittagong factory employees of GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Limited, a United Kingdom-based pharmaceutical giant, on Wednesday formed a human chain protesting at sudden closure of the factory.

They urged the authorities for withdrawing the decision of the factory closure.

On July 26, the Chittagong factory of GlaxoSmithKline that had been operating in the country uninterrupted over the last fifty years, was shut down.  Nearly 1500 workers work in GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh.

During a press conference organised by GlaxoSmithKline Employees Union at Chittagong Press Club, hundreds of employees formed the human chain in protest at the factory closure.

‘Please don’t shut down the factory. Withdraw your decision; we don’t want money, the general secretary of the union said.

Addressing the programme, Azam blamed the former managing director of GlaxoSmithKline Erum Shakir Rahim, who is a Pakistani citizen, for her conspiracy in giving wrong impression about the factory of Bangladesh to international forum.

Trade Union Centre president Tapan Dutta, Sramik League central committee joint secretary Md Shafar Ali, GlaxoSmithKline Employees Union vice president Md Kamal Uddin also present, among others, in the press conference.

GSK set up its Bangladesh production facilities in 1963. It is a publicly traded company at the Dhaka Stock Exchange since 1976.



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