RMG workers continue demo for wage in Savar, Gazipur

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:58, Apr 13,2020 | Updated: 00:01, Apr 14,2020


Workers of several garment factories demonstrate demanding arrears on the highway at Uttara in Dhaka on Monday. — Sony Ramany

Thousands of export-oriented readymade garment workers continued protests in Gazipur and Savar on Monday for wages of March.

Workers of at least four factories took to the streets for the second consecutive day at Savar and Ashulia demanding due wage as the factories.

The workers of the factories, including Raquef Apparels Washing and Packaging Industry Ltd and Passion Jeans Ltd blocked the Hemayetpur-Singair road in front of the factories at Tetuljhora.

They said that the management of the factories missed deadlines time and again after assuring workers of their wages.

Ziaur Rahman, project manager of the factories also a spokesperson, said that they shut downed the factory having no work order.

He said that they would pay workers on April 30.

Over 100 workers of World One Denim and Washing Ltd at Ashulia in Savar demonstrated in front of the factory demanding their three-month dues, witnesses said.

Assistant superintendent of Dhaka Industrial Police Janne Alam Khan said that they were trying to solve the problem.

Additional police have been deployed in the factories area, the police official added.

Several thousand workers took to the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway at Salna in Gazipur demanding wage of March, reports New Age correspondent in Gazipur.

The workers of Oxford Shirts Ltd said that the factory management promised them to pay wage on Monday. In the morning when they reached the factory, the management compelled workers to resign.

Protesting at the incident the workers blocked the highway and demanded for their reinstatement.

Gazipur sadar police station officer-in-charge Alomgir Hossain said that workers went to back home as factory management talked to the worker leaders to settle down the issue.

Several hundred workers demonstrated in Tongi Industrial area for wage.

Witnesses said that the workers of Alauddin and Sons went to the factory in the morning and found a notice at the gate declaring closure of the unit.

Workers said that the factory management had assured them of payment of wages on Monday as they failed to pay on March 9.

Assistant superintendent of police in Gazipur S Alam said that the workers went back home as the factory management promised to pay workers on Thursday after police’s interference.

State minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian on Monday asked all industry owners to pay the wages of March by April 16.

In a statement, she also warned that legal action would be taken against factory owners if any failed to follow the directive.

According to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association data, a total of 917 factories out of 2,274 paid their workers till Monday.

‘Requested deadline for wage payment from our end is April 16. We are hopeful that 80 per cent of the factories will meet the deadline,’ BGMEA president Rubana Huq told reporters.

Bangladesh Garment Sramik Adhikar Andolan, a platform of 11 trade unions, in a statement on Monday placed a six-point demand to the BGMEA and BKMEA.

The demands include payment of ages for three months, no layoffs and assurance of jobs, health safety and treatment facility for workers.

The leaders of the unions also urged the government to provide ration to the workers.

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