Garments unit at Ctg EPZ closed, 50 workers sued | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 18, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 18, 2007

Garments unit at Ctg EPZ closed, 50 workers sued

The Uro Mode Fashion Limited that came under attack by agitated workers on Thursday declared suspension of all of its activities yesterday and hung a notice of closure in front of the factory gate.
According to sources, cancellation of orders by buyers due to the workers agitation forced the closure of the Korean factory at sector-6 of Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ).
Over one thousand workers out of 2200 of Uro Mode went on rampage on Thursday ransacking the Bepza office at CEPZ and the garments factory to protest 'assault' on two workers.
The workers alleged that their two colleagues were beaten up and handed over to police when they went to the management to know about a rumour of their retrenchment.
The CEPZ authority yesterday filed a case in connection with the attack accusing 50 unnamed workers.
Meanwhile, Bepza Chairman Brigadier General Ashraf Abdullah Yusuf is expected to talk to journalists regarding the prevailing situation at CEPZ at 11:00am today.
However, CEPZ General Manager Ataul Haq said the Bepza Chairman was actually scheduled to arrive here for holding a meeting with the counsellors of CEPZ.
"All the factories here are under close monitoring of CEPZ and there was no scope for any industrial units to practice irregularities, as alleged by the workers of Uro Mode," Huq told The Daily Star yesterday.
When asked, the CEPZ general manager said instigation by certain outsiders to create workers unrest was not unlikely.
A CEPZ press release issued here yesterday evening said Deputy General Manager Abu Masud of Uro Mode, who was appointed only ten days back, tortured two workers out of personal vengeance and spread misgivings about the CEPZ authority, resulting in the Thursday's incident.
The attacks on Sirina Garments and Textiles in Bayezid Bostami area and Uro Mode inside CEPZ have room for suspicion that vested quarters are out to create unrest in the garments sector, sources said.
A CEPZ official said there was no irregularity in recruiting workers at Uro Mode Fashion. Some workers at the instigation of a vested quarter were trying to create unrest at the garment factory for the last few days, he added.
BGMEA President Anwarul Alam Chowdhury Parvez said the attacks were pre-planned and aimed at tarnishing the image of the garments sector.
Atindra Mohan Das, Managerfinance, accounting and commercial, of Sirina Garments and Textiles, said the attack on their units was pre-planned as it took place when the garments owner Mostafizur Rahman, also the chairman of Crown Group, was holding a meeting with the buyers abroad.
"We might not go for legal suit as such steps may create scope for further unrest," he said, adding, the authorities might take disciplinary measures and legal action, if necessary, against some of the unruly workers.

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