RMG workers demo for arrears, bonus in Ashulia | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 15, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 15, 2020

RMG workers demo for arrears, bonus in Ashulia

At  least 4,000 workers at East Narshingpur area of  Ashulia yesterday demonstrated inside the  factory in the morning demanding arrears, annual earned  leave allowance  and Eid bonus.

Workers said at least four of their colleagues  received minor injuries when the police sprayed water with cannon and  released 15 rounds of tear gas on the agitating workers at around 11:30am.

"We  rejoined the factory on the first week of May and we have been doing our duty peacefully  until Wednesday," said a worker, seeking anonymity.

"We  were staging sit-in programme inside the factory as the authority is yet to pay our salary for April, and yearly earning allowance  of  last year. They [factory authority] are also yet to fix the date for paying  Eid bonus," she added.

"We are passing a difficult time amid this shutdown. Homeowners are not waiving rent. Even, we  wanted to accept 60 per cent salary for April but factory owner yet to  pay that," said another worker, "We will starve if we don't get paid."

The Daily Star could  not reach Arifur Rahman Sinha, managing director of Medlar Apparels  Ltd. over phone despite multiple attempts. Text messages also went unreplied.

Md Rezwan Selim, a director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and  Exporters Association (BGMEA), who deals with labour unrest said they are  in discussion with the factory's management regarding the delayed payment. "The delay may be caused by international buyers delaying their payments," Selim said.

Jane  Alam Khan, additional superintendent of police of  Dhaka Industrial  Police-1 told The Daily Star, they had to break and enter through the main entrance of the factory and used some tear gas shells and water cannon calm the  unrest.

Jane Alam said the factory authority claim they have already sent the salary for April to workers' bank accounts, but workers say they are yet to be paid.

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