Garments workers are seen pelting brick chips on law enforcers during a clash in the capital’s Mirpur area on Wednesday. Photo: Star Star Online Report
The ready-made garment workers and police on Thursday for the third consecutive day engaged in sporadic clashes in the capital’s Mirpur area, a day after the government assured that a new pay scale would be introduced for them in three months.
Five people were injured as police charged batons on the agitating workers during the chase and counter-chase that turned the Mirpur 13 and 14 sectors into a battlefield.
The workers also vandalised the glasses of eight to ten factories, prompting the authorities to shut down their production.
The demonstration programme that started at about 10:00am, was withdrawn at about 1:00pm after getting an assurance from local MP Kamal Ahmed Majumder that he would hold a meeting with the garments owners and workers at Hazi Ali field in section 13 at 4:00pm to settle the on going crisis.
Sources said the clash erupted when 500 to 600 garment workers from 8/10 garments units, including Tunic Fashion Limited, Palka Dots Fashion Ltd, Natural Wool Wear Ltd, SRT Fashion Ltd, Jokky Garments Ltd, tried to block the street near Police Staff College at about 10:00am.
On information, police rushed to the spot and asked the workers to leave the scene but the protesters refused to carry out their order.
At one stage, the angry workers hurled brick chips on police, prompting them to charge batons in a bid to disperse them, leaving at least five injured.
The production of over 20 garment factories of the area remained suspended from Tuesday afternoon as the workers demonstrated to press home their demands, including increase minimum monthly wage from Tk 1,662 to Tk 5,000.
The workers also want a hike in their attendance bonus from Tk 300 to Tk 400.
Officer-in-charge of Kafrul Police Station Delwar Hossain told The Daily Star that some unruly workers of different garment factories hurled brick chips on police without any provocation