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Hundreds of garment workers stage demo for wages

Published on: 11:28 pm - Wednesday | April 15, 2020

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Hundreds of workers of several garment factories demonstrated on Wednesday demanding arrears at different places of Dhaka, Chattogram and Gazipur.

Confirming the matter to the Daily Observer Online, Officer-in-Charge of Mirpur Police Station Mostafizur Rahman said, “Workers of various garment factories blocked Mirpur road at Kalyanpur for more than one hour demanding their due wages. Later they were dispersed by police.”

Workers of garments in Kafrul, Uttara and Badda also protested in the morning for the same issue blocking roads.

Workers of Redwan Garments Ltd staged demonstration at Azampur area in Uttara demanding their arrears.

They started demonstrating blocking both sides of Dhaka-Mymensingh road at Azampur in Uttara at about 12 noon. The garment factory is situated at Mollartek in Dakkhin Khan.

As the workers blocked the road for more than an hour, all types of transports including ambulances had stranded on the road. At that time, hundreds of motor vehicles remained stranded in the gridlock of traffic.

Sajib, an operators of Redwan Garments Ltd said the non-stop general holiday has been going on over several weeks. “We didn’t receive our salaries  over the last several months. Workers were scheduled to receive their salaries today. But, when we went there, we found that the gates of the factory were closed. So, we have been compelled to take to the street finding no other alternatives,” he said.

On the other hand, workers of Shahara Garments Ltd blocked the Badda road from 10 am and later they were dispersed by police, said Badda Officer-in-Charge Parvez Islam.

In Chattogram, workers of Padma Wears Ltd also staged protest from 8am-10am at Free-Port of Chattogram Export Processing Zone area on Chattogram road.

Later industrial police brought the situation under control after talking to the owners.

“We dispersed the workers who were protesting for their wages after talking to the owners. They said they will pay the arrears on April 19,” said Senior Assistant Police Super of Industrial Police Md Helal Uddin.

Member of the factory’s Sramik Kalyan Samity, Md Obaidul Islam said, “The owners did not pay the wages though the government asked them to pay within April 16.”

“They are saying they will think about paying after April 19. The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) also did not say anything regarding this,” he added.

Hundred more workers also staged protest in Gazipur demanding payment of due wages.

The protests pose risk of spreading coronavirus among the garment workers, who are badly hit financially due to the virus outbreak. (observerbd)

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