Garment workers protest random termination
About a thousand workers of two garment factories in Ashulia demonstrated in Savar Bus Stand area yesterday pressing home their five-point demand, including reopening a factory and ending random terminating of workers.
Workers of NRN Knitting and Garments Ltd and Natural Sweater Village Ltd-2 under the banner of "Garment Workers Trade Union Centre" formed a human chain on the Dhaka-Aricha highway and then brought out a procession from the Rana Plaza collapse site to Pakiza crossing.
The workers of NRN Knitting and Garments Ltd said after the recent earthquakes, they had demonstrated demanding the authorities examine the building their factory is housed in to find out whether it was fit.
Afterwards, the factory management fired two workers, they claimed, adding when they protested the termination of their co-workers, the management again terminated 27 workers on May 3.
Md Sarwar Hosen, production manager, admitted that they fired the workers, but said the orders came from high-ups.
Meanwhile, the other factory workers said the authorities suddenly shut down the factory.
Shahadat Hosen, production manager, said the management could not run the factory due to a shortage of work-orders.
Police were deployed in the area and at the factories.