RMG workers stage demo for 2nd day for full pay
Several thousand workers of two garment factories in Gazipur's Kashimpur demonstrated yesterday for the second consecutive day demanding full salary for April and the factories be reopened.
Police and workers' leaders said around 4,000 workers of Doreen Apparels Ltd and Doreen Garments Ltd in South Panishail area blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway around 7:00am.
The workers withdrew the blockade around 10:00am when the management assured them that the factories would reopen on Monday (today).
Workers also said they would join the work adhering to the government's payment directives for April.
Earlier on Thursday, the Doreen authorities announced the closure of the factories for an indefinite period.
Rashedul Islam, manager (HR) of both factories, told The Daily Star that the workers accepted the government decision regarding their salary.
Meanwhile, some 3,000 workers of two factories -- Sterling Creation Ltd and Sterling Styles Ltd -- in Ashulia's Jamgorah area walked out at a time demanding full payment of their salary for April, said Jane Alam Khan, assistant superintendent of Dhaka Industrial Police-1.
The workers said they would accept the government's decision regarding April's salary if their house rent was waived by 40 percent.
In another incident, around 800 workers of A-one (BD) Ltd, a closed factory in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), staged a sit-in program from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturday in front of Ashulia Press Club demanding arrears of four months.
Contacted, Abdus Sobhan, general manager of DEPZ, told The Daily Star that he was in a meeting over the issue.
This correspondent could not get hold of him despite multiple attempts later.