Several hundred workers of Sonali Jute Mills and Ajax Jute Mills and their children block Phulbaria level crossing in Khulna city yesterday, demanding Eid bonus, arrears, and also reopening of the privately owned factories. The two mills at the city's Mirerdanga have been closed for one year, but protesters said the authorities had recently assured them of reopening. The demonstration disrupted rail and road communications in the area for four hours till 12:00 noon, causing immense suffering to commuters. Photo: Banglar Chokh
Workers of six garment factories of Savar demonstrated yesterday for arrears and Eid-ul-Fitr bonus as the factory authorities are yet to pay them even though the festival is just two to three days away.
Workers of SMN Sweater (Pvt) Ltd in Mozidpur demonstrated on the factory premises for the fourth consecutive day demanding salaries of May, June and July and Eid bonus.
Later, they marched to the Rana Plaza site and formed a human chain there. The workers claimed Mamunur Rashid, managing director of the factory, told them that they would be paid on July 10, but he had been missing since then.
The factory authorities could not be reached despite several attempts by The Daily Star.
Workers of Five Star Sweater Ltd in Ashulia demonstrated at the factory gate demanding July's salary and Eid bonus.
Meanwhile, NR Sweater Ltd workers observed a sit-in on the factory premises also demanding salary of July and Eid bonus.
The factory was shut yesterday and the authorities could not be reached.
Workers of Prova Textile in Ulail, Dostagir Apparels Ltd in Mushurikhola, and Fair Knit Ltd in Arapara also demonstrated on the respective factory premises demanding Eid bonus, said police.