Ashulia RMG workers threaten tougher movement | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 06, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:59 AM, September 06, 2019

Dismissal of Workers, Shutting Down Factories

Ashulia RMG workers threaten tougher movement

Workers of an RMG factory in Ashulia, which was declared shut on Wednesday, have threatened to go for a tougher movement if the authorities failed to resume operation by tomorrow.

Workers of Eske Clothing Ltd in Ashulia industrial belt area also demanded reinstatement of 28 workers, who were sacked on August 29, and justice for female fellows allegedly beaten up for protesting the dismissal.

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More than 800 workers held a sit-in in front of the factory in Jamgora area from 8am to 10:30am yesterday.

Later, they agreed to postpone their demonstration till tomorrow, after worker leaders assured them of fulfilling their demands.

Contacted, Sarwar Hosen, joint organising secretary of Bangladesh Bastra o Poshak Shilpa Sramik League, said they have sent an application to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the industrial police in this regard.

“If the demands are not met within the stipulated time, we’ll go tougher movement,” he said.

On Wednesday, two RMG factories were shut down for indefinite period, following an ongoing protest over dismissal of 58 workers.

Workers alleged that Eske Clothing Ltd and Naba Knit Composite Ltd sacked 28 and 30 workers respectively on August 29, without any valid reason. They have been protesting the decisions since then.

Some of them also alleged that they were beaten by miscreants hired by the authorities of Eske Clothing on September 1. At least five workers, most of them women, sustained injuries.

The authorities of the factories denied the allegations.

Contacted, SP Sana Saminur Rahman of industrial police (Dhaka-1), said, “We are trying to solve the matter.” Additional police were deployed in the area, he added.

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