Labour unrests at Ashulia

Police pick up 26 people, 157 more workers terminated

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:29, Dec 23,2016 | Updated: 00:51, Dec 23,2016

 
 

A convoy of Border Guard Bangladesh moves as part of deployment at Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on Thursday amid labour unrests in the industrial area. — Ali Hussain Mintu

Four cases were filed against more than 1,500 people Wednesday night and 26 people were picked up the law enforcers from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon in connection with the labour unrests at Ashulia industrial belt.
Two apparel factories terminated 157 workers on Thursday taking to 278 the number of workers terminated in the past two days.
According police sources, authorities of three garment factories on Wednesday filed three cases with Ashulia police station against 1,500 people on charge of vandalism, looting, threatening other workers and assaulting factory officials.
An Ashulia poliuce sub-inspector also filed a case against 50 people on charge of instigating labour unrests.
The police confirmed that they arrested 11 people including Savar Upazila Parishad vice-chairman Mili Akter Urmi, while witnesses alleged that 26 people were picked up by law enforcers.
Savar police station officers said that the arrested people were involved in several trade unions and they ran their activities in Ashulia industrial area.
Apparel workers in the industrial belt have been staging protests since December 11, demanding Tk 16,000 as minimum wage.
Terming workers’ demands illegal, authorities of 85 factories on Tuesday and Wednesday announced closure of their units under Section 13(1) of the Labour Act for an indefinite period.
Following the closure, the authorities of Windy Apparels Ltd hung a notice from the factory gate with terminating 22 workers on Thursday. The factory terminated 121 workers on Wednesday.
Fountain Garment Manufacturing Ltd terminated 135 workers on Thursday.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Siddiqur Rahman on Thursday said that most of the workers were innocent and they were suffering for an interested group.
Urging workers to join work, he said that if workers promised to return to work, the factory authorities would reopen the units.
Siddiqur urged the government to identify the people behind the unrest and bring them to book.

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