RMG workers demand payment of arrears | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 05, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:39 AM, March 05, 2019

RMG workers demand payment of arrears

Form human chain in Savar

RMG workers of a closed garment factory yesterday formed a human chain in Savar outside the capital, demanding due salaries and reopening of the factory.

Around 250 workers of Signature in Stitch Apparels Ltd in Razasion area formed the human chain in front of Savar Upazila Nirbahi Officer's (UNO) office. They also submitted a memorandum to the UNO over the issue.

Protesting workers said on February 20 the owner closed the factory without any prior notice, even though their salaries were due for four months.

“We informed the matter to police and upazila administration, but no action has been taken yet to resolve the issue, so we have formed a human chain,” they added.

They warned that they will take harsher action if the demands are not met. 

“We are passing a difficult time since the factory was closed. Landlords are pressurising us for rent,” said Akbor, a worker.

Rafiqul Islam Sujon, president of Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers Federation, said, “Most of the workers live in rented homes and heavily depend on their jobs. After the factory was closed, I tried to contact the factory owner, but he refused to discuss the issues.”

The Daily Star could not reach the factory owner, Wahidul Islam, despite repeated attempts over the phone.

Sheikh Russel Hasan, UNO of Savar, said they are looking into the matter and trying to resolve it.

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