RMG workers block road protesting at job cuts

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:35, Sep 13,2019


Garment workers scuffle with cops as they try to charge batons on the workers to disperse them from a road at Tejgaon in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Several hundred readymade garment workers blocked a road at Tejgaon Industrial Area in Dhaka on Thursday protesting against the termination of jobs of their fellow workers.

Nasa Group workers said that the factory management had fired over 84 workers and made a list of workers for further termination.

The workers took to the street at about 10:00am when the news spread with fear of termination of their jobs.

They blocked traffic movement on Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Avenue to press their demands, including suspension of mid-level employees and increasing of benefits.

On information, police rushed to the spot and tried to remove the workers but the workers continued demonstration till 12:30pm until police charged baton to disperse them.

Officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Industrial Police Station Ali Hosen Khan said that the workers left the street as the authorities assured them of stopping job cuts.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Rubana Huq said that outsiders instigated the workers to take to the streets.

She said that 84 workers of the factory were not dismissed, rather they quit their jobs wilfully.

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