Ashulia RMG workers stage protest, withdraw after four hours

Several thousand workers of a garment factory in Ashulia withdrew their protest after four hours of work abstention Wednesday demanding full payment of arrears, festival bonuses and other financial benefits.

Police said nearly 3,000 workers of Natural Denim Garment Factory at Tongibari started demonstrating inside the factory compound at about 8:00 am to press home their 13-point demands after suspending production.

The demands include resignation of two production managers, Sanowar and Rubel, 100 per cent Eid bonuses from the existing 50 per cent and full payment of overtime bills.

Workers said they demanded resignation of the two senior employees of the unit for their maltreatment with the labourers.

Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station, told the FE that the workers later withdrew their movement after getting positive response from the owners who assured of them of taking action against the two production managers.

“Security has been beefed up in the area to avert further trouble,” he said.

The factory management also declared of adding 10 per cent more festival bonuses.

The announcement came after the labour minister had asked the factory owners to clear full payment of arrears, bonuses, wages, overtime bills and other financial benefits before Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims.

The minister made the announcement following intelligence reports that garment workers might become violent once again over those issues and might engage in street agitation as they did in the past.

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