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12:00 AM, January 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:43 AM, January 19, 2019

Ensure justice for slain RMG worker, withdraw 'false cases'

Labour platform demands

Bangladesh Garment Sramik Samhati yesterday demanded justice for RMG worker Sumon Mia who was shot dead, allegedly by police, on January 8 in a clash.

The platform also demanded withdrawal of all cases filed against 2,500 garment workers during the protests between January 6 and 13.

The demands were made at a human chain in front of the capital's Jatiya Press Club.  Platform's President Taslima Akhter, General Secretary Zulhasnain Babu, Organising Secretary Aminul Islam, Nari Samhati President Shyamoli Shil and Chhatra Federation President Golam Mostofa, among others, spoke at the human chain.

Speakers claimed that the factory authorities have filed false cases against RMG workers on charges of vandalism and also sacked many workers across the country to prevent them from protesting various irregularities in the RMG sector. 

They alleged that “the police force of the newly formed Awami League-led government” had killed their co-worker Sumon.

Negligence of both the government and factory owners has created a disparity in the wage structure and the government has also failed to ensure coordination in the revised pay scale published on January 13, they claimed. 

Speakers urged the government to fulfill various demands of garment workers to eliminate the crisis in the RMG sector.  

After eight days of labour unrest, the government announced a revised pay structure for the garment sector -- with a slight increase in both basic and gross wages in six of the seven grades -- on January 13.

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