RMG workers stage protest at Shyampur

The workers of ABC Dyeing Factory in the capital’s Shyampur area Wednesday staged demonstration in front of the factory gate, demanding reopening of the unit, which was shut from Monday.

Police said the ABC Dyeing authority was forced to suspend its production Monday after days of violence, as the workers were demanding cent per cent implementation of the new wage-structure, leaving their work.

Witnesses said the workers gathered in front of the factory compound at about 8:00 am and peacefully staged demonstration by chanting slogans to resume production after paying them in line with the new pay-scale.

The protestors said the owners suddenly closed the unit for an indefinite period without implementing the much-awaited salary-hike, forcing them to go for sit-in demo. “We’ll go for tougher movement to realise our legitimate demand,” a protestor warned.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kodomtoli Police Station Aiyubur Rahman said the workers started demonstration at around 8:00 am, demanding reopening of the factory.

Meanwhile, thousands of workers of Moonlight Garment Factory at Targachh in Gazipur blockaded the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway in the morning for two hours, causing immense suffering to the office-goers.

The workers said the authority is paying them as per the new wage-scale. But comparatively new workers are getting more benefit than the senior ones after implementation of the new pay-scale, they claimed.

In the morning, they put barricade on the highway instead of joining work, causing fresh trouble and prompting the owners to call the law-enforcers to tackle the situation.

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